From the Hope blue diamond, sold in 1910 to American socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, to the 69.42-carat pear diamond Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor in 1969, diamonds are central to Cartier.
Since 1847, in fact, its ateliers in 13 rue de la Paix, Paris, have produced iconic diamonds. Think the 128.48-carat cushion-cut Star of the South, and the eye-popping 1,000-carat ceremonial necklace created for Maharaja Sir Bhupindar Singh of Patiala in 1928.
This month, the gemstone is the star of Le Diamant (or “The Diamond”), a selling exhibition of Cartier diamond pieces at the brand’s Ngee Ann City store. On show will be popular modern designs such as diamond-studded Love bracelets, Clou bangles and Trinity rings, along with unique high jewellery. The event will also serve as the worldwide exclusive preview for pieces from the new Coup d’eclat de Cartier collection.
Our favourite treasures, though, are the fantastical designs Cartier is so well-known for: A jungle of flora- and fauna-inspired baubles that include prowling Pantheres (but of course!), elegant parrots and bejewelled Orchidees – all of which show that diamonds can also come in the most vivid colours. Truly, a display that’s not to be missed.
The Cartier Le Diamant exhibition runs from tomorrow to 28 August at Cartier, Level 2 Ngee Ann City. Free.