Any true jewelry lover has one designer or piece or period that they love the very most. That they would be happy to have anything from its collection or era. I, of course, have multiple. (Of course.) But one consistent has always been Cartier. There is always something in that house's archives or a piece in any of their newest collections that I will covet, wish for, drool over, and then catalog in my brain for later when I might actually buy it. And since I haven't shared one of my "wish list" items with you in awhile (you know, those aspirational,too-expensive-for-an-impulse-buy-for-most-people pieces), I thought I would share something from my beloved Cartier...
The "Amulette de Cartier" collection is one of my most favorite...not only of Cartier's, but of any jeweler I have come across. There is something so delicate yet significant about the size and weight of the pieces, something JUSTRIGHT about the colors of the stones and the scale of each necklace, bracelet and ring, and something perfectly timeless about the design (is it new? is it from the archives? it is one-of-a-kind vintage?). The name of the collection is even lovely and makes me want to speak singularly in French (if I could speak in anything more than what I remember from high school, that is...).
So which Amulette piece is my most coveted? This one is, the necklace in pink opal. Anything close to a pinky-nude shade is considered my "favorite color" and this would look so, so amazing nestled on a sun-kissed chest. It is set in rose gold and has one perfectly cut diamond at its center. There are more ornate ones, ones that cost upwards of $75,000, and a slew of other gorgeous colors. But this one is the one I love. Maybe because it is the color of love, maybe because I am a sucker for pink on pink, or maybe because it reminds me of something I am unaware of. But no matter what it is, I would consider this "wish list" piece (at $2,430) one that actually isn't that unattainable, yet somehow still magnificently aspirational.
Ah, mon amour.