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A Necklace that Combines Edginess and Delicacy

By Renée Batchelor

 
Cartier
 

When Cartier first introduced Clash de Cartier in 2019, it was clear that the new jewellery line was all about duality — balancing a clean, geometric design with a touch of edge. Cartier reintroduced elements from its archives, such as studs, beads and clous carrés — or square nails — which dated back to the ’30s, and infused them with an almost punkish, rebellious spirit, atypical of what one might come to expect from high jewellery. The collection originally launched with key pieces like a two-sided ring, which came in white gold as well as in a yellow gold version decorated with coral beads.

As the collection expanded, new pieces have been introduced, like this rose gold necklace and bracelet that combine Clash de Cartier’s soft curves with a taut structure. The studs, clous carrés and beads that characterise Clash are on full display here but a sense of fluidity is retained — the jewellery is fully-articulated and moves with the wearer, rather than sitting stiffly on the neck or wrist. Described as “supple,” these pieces maintain their softness thanks to a ribbed mesh that reveals links on the skin, for a beautiful contrast of weightiness and delicacy.

Clash de Cartier bracelet, supple medium model in rose gold, $11,600, and Clash de Cartier necklace supple medium model in rose gold, $25,900.
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