Not only for Pasha’s Cartier Pasha Parfum


As one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, Cartier boasts an impressive assortment of iconic designs. There’s the Santos watch, made originally for Brazilian pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Tank watch, fashioned after the military armored vehicle and the Panthere watch with an instantly recognizable link bracelet, just to name a few. Another famous Cartier watch is the Pasha, created for the Pasha of Marrakesh.

In the early 20th century, parts of Morocco was a protectorate of France. During this time, Thami El Glaoui, the Pasha of Marrakesh (above) aligned himself with the French. As a result, he amassed great wealth (mostly from questionable practices) during his time in power, and by some accounts, he was one of the richest men in the world. His personal style and charm, as well as his prodigality with his wealth, made him many friends among the international fashionable set of the day. He visited the European capitals often. He counted people like Charlie Chaplin, Colette and Winston Churchill as friends and hosted them in his Marrakesh – a city he invested in extravagantly to beautify with palaces, golf courses, hotels, and lavish gardens. He treated his European guests to lavish banquets and offered them expensive gifts.

In the early ’30s, the Pasha of Marrakesh commissioned a watch from the French Maison. Aside for a penchant for the finer things in life, the Pasha was also an active man. So he requested that his Cartier watch be elegant, yet capable of being submerged during his regular swims and daily bathing, without having to worry about its functionality or precision. It is considered to be the first waterproof timepiece from Cartier. Water resistant watches were still a new concept during this era (remember the Rolex Oyster only made its debut in 1926).

Cartier-Pasha-18k-1985-02Cartier Pasha 18k yellow gold, 1985 (private collection).

However, Louis Cartier did build the Pasha a solid gold water-resistant round watch. The custom Cartier was fitted with screw-down caseback, a chain-secured cap protecting the winding crown, and a protective grid on top of the face. In 1943, the timepiece was introduced into the official Cartier collection. In 1985, the legendary watch designer Gérald Genta designed a version of the Cartier Pasha whose form is still celebrated to this day. Throughout the years, a number of models under the name Pasha de Cartier have been presented, and, as a result, an overwhelming selection of new and used Pasha timepieces can be discovered today.

While the fate of Thami El Glaoui’s Cartier watch is unknown, according to a 2003 Robb Report article, Stanislas de Quercize, the President and CEO of Cartier North America at that time, confirmed that Cartier is actively looking for the watch to add to its corporate collection.

Later the French Maison created the Pasha Collection. A collection of cufflinks, luxury writing instruments, lighters and perfumes. Like their jewels and watches, They all are a signature of unique taste in fine accessories. A signature of pure elegance.


Also named after the iconic watch, the French Maison introduced in 1992 Pasha de Cartier, a beautiful, classic fougere fragrance for men. Created by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, the now legenday fragrance had top notes of lavender, mandarin, mint, caraway and anise. The middle notes are coriander, and Brazilian rosewood. And base notes of labdanum, sandelwood, patchouli and oakmoss. A timeless classic. In its collection Cartier also offers several versions of the first perfume. In addition to Edition Noire (a modern fougere with green and citrus notes, amber, and cedar) and Edition Noire Sport (an energetic fougere with citrus, marine accords, and cedar), the new, contemporary and intense version, Pasha de Cartier Parfum , is available from February 2020.

Pasha de Cartier Parfum is designed for contemporary and elegant men – to those who want to be noticed. It is adorned with epithets such as being bold, sophisticated, and powerful. The fragrance is a modern version of the original in a parfum concentration that provides additional depth, intensity, and lasting permanence.

Created by the Maison’s in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent, the contemporary fougere composition with woody and ambery features includes notes of patchouli, sandalwood, fir balsam, labdanum, benzoin, ambrocenide molecule, and tonka bean. Mathilde tried to preserve the characteristic aromatic base of the original Pasha fragrance in this creation, but make it new with woody and amber notes using the best ingredients from around the world.


When creating a new version of the iconic perfume, special attention was paid to the design of the flacon. Named and inspired by the iconic Pasha watch, the design of the flacon was really inspired on Pasha cufflinks and luxury writing instruments, with a blue sapphire cabochon, a unique Cartier symbol. It also features other iconic Cartier hallmarks including the Trinity ring, gadroons, and the famous red box.

When you focus on designs with diamonds and other precious gems, and have princesses and actresses commissioning special works with serpents, tigers, and other exotic animals – you know you’re dealing with one of the world’s most luxurious brands!

Cartier watches are available at Cartier Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Pasha de Cartier Parfum is available in quantities of 50 and 100ml at Cartier Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Cartier.





Black beauty- Cartier’s iconic Juste un Clou will enthrall in black with diamonds


Purveyors of some of the most lavishly styled jewelry in fashion history, French luxury Maison Cartier has unveiled a limited edition Juste un Clou for die hard fans across the globe.

In what can be considered as a contemporary interpretation of the iconic Juste un Clou bracelet, the piece created by the ancester designer Aldo Cipullo has this time around been designed in black ceramic. On both the head and tail of the delicate nail silhouette, 76 clear white diamonds are featured prominently, making this a perfect statement accessory for the fashion lovers out there.

This piece must have got a lot of stylish people around the globe super excited. But before you start planning your looks and purchases let me tell you that Cartier has only crafted 10 diamond-encrusted black ceramic Juste un Clou bracelets, which will be available in designated countries and regions around the world. Ten pieces is not that much, so f you want one….. run! But don’t think that beauty will come cheap.

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Maison Cartier is rolling out roll-on fragrances


For the first time ever, French Maison Cartier is rolling out roll-on fragrances. The luxury brand has bottled three of its most sought-after floral perfumes into travel-friendly 15 ml roll-ons that will fit into any handbag.

The trio of floral-green scents, all of which were created by Cartier’s in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent, comprise Carat Eau de Parfum composed with a bouquet of seven fresh blooms, the chypre-floral La Panthère Eau de Toilette and the Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum featuring the elegant lily, complete with its leaf, petal and pistil.

Cartier Carat Eau de Parfum Roll-On


Cartier-Carat-Eau-de-Parfum-Roll-On.jpgReveal the carats that shine within, with this luminous and floral fragrance, in a convenient roll-on.


Cartier La Panthère Eau de Toilette Roll-On


Cartier-La-Panthère-Eau-de-Toilette-Roll-On.jpgA unique accord, combining a flower and a sensation: a feline floral fragrance. Radiant gardenia expresses a sensual and delicate femininity while a soft velvety musk creates an animal touch.


Cartier Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum Roll-On


Cartier-Baiser-Volé-Eau-de-Parfum-Roll-On.jpgBaiser Volé Eau de Parfum, A fresh, floral and powdery fragrance that reveals an original, new expression of the majestic and mysterious flower, the Lily.

Besides being a luxurious treat for senses and for making you feel like the most pulled-together traveller, these roll-ons are a great option for those seeking a new favourite fragrance without having to commit to an entire flacon.

Prices are currently unavailable, but word on the street has it that the roll-on fragrance collection will be available at selected stores worldwide from June 2019. Come into the wonderful world of Maison Cartier.






Cartier launches new Middle East-inspired fragrance in Les Heures Voyageuses high fragrance collection


Cartier’s Les Heures Voyageuses collection brings together emotive notes for the senses. Mathilde Laurent, Cartier’s much-esteemed in-house perfumer, has just created a brand new scent to join the French Maison’s Les Heures Voyageuses high perfumery collection. And it’s inspired by the Middle East, no less.

Cartier Les Heures Voyageuses Oud & Menthe ‘prolongs the enchantment with a daring, devastating combination of oud wood and mint’, according to a release. Oud & Menthe celebrates the allure and rarity of the woody ingredient, the Oud & Menthe Eau de Parfum is invigorated with mint, combining and contrasting two emblematic scents from the Middle East. By combining the seemingly opposite ingredients, the fragrance ‘softens the raw sensations of the mint and the oud, a sugary and suave infusion with a breath of plant-like freshness from the mint’.

Top notes: Mint
Base: Oud wood

Cartier Les Heures Voyageuses Oud & Menthe is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum. The captivating scent is now available Cartier boutiques across the Middle East and at Harrods. In the lead-up to Ramadan, this could well be the perfect gift for your loved one (or yourself?).





Cartier Santos Dumont 1575 ‘Platinum’


French Maison Cartier had humble beginnings when it was established in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier in Paris, France. Louis-François had taken over the business from his master, the jeweler Adolphe Picard, who assisted in moving the premises to a more prime location which was to serve Cartier well in the coming years.

Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted the French Maison a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand ‘The jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers’. Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia).


Louis Cartier, grandson of the founder, revolutionised timepieces when he introduced the Santos watch in 1904. © Ministère de la Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN / Atelier de Nadar

While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont a wrist watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch!

According to Maison Cartier, it is the portrait of a modern man and the product of experimentation by two visionaries and friends, Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont.

Of course, we’re talking about the Cartier Santos. The first purpose-designed, modern wrist watch that was created after pioneer of aviation Alberto Santos-Dumont complained about his difficulty checking the time on his pocket watch while flying.


This super slim piece was made by Cartier back in the year 1990 after the original model, carries reference 1575 and has this time a platinum case  with a size of 29 x 29 millimeter, with rivet design, sapphire-set crown, to a black alligator leather strap

This Santos’ dial design is exactly the one we are familiar with as we’re talking about Cartier, Roman numeral markers and blue hands. On the right side of the case we’ll we’ll find the exquisite blue sapphire crown that definitely completes this iconic Cartier masterpiece.

This manual timeless classic is available at Amsterdam Vintage Watches.






A new year, a new watch, Cartier Santos de Cartier Blue Dial


In 2018, exactly 40 years after the introduction of the Les Must de Cartier Santos, the French jeweller gave the Santos a major facelift. Substantial improvements were made to the design and functionality, while still respecting the codes of the iconic design.

If you’ve been a fan of Cartier’s Santos timepiece, you would have known that the iconic watch has undergone coloured dial variations (apart from a predominantly white) over the years. From a grey version found in the limited-run of the Santos Galbee and Santos 100 XL Kings Road to a black dial on the Santos 100 Carbon and Santos 100 ADLC released back in 2009 and 2016 respectively, the dial has stayed relatively neutral otherwise.

Until now. Introducing the Santos de Cartier watch (which made its debut at SIHH 2018), this time coming in a gorgeous blue gradient dial that’s now available at Cartier boutiques. The Santos de Cartier watch was lauded for its updated features like the QuickSwitch interchangeability system and SmartLink resizing mechanism for the steel bracelet, and the same can be found in this all-new version that’s available in a single size, the Large, which measures 39.8mm by 47.5mm and stands 9.08mm tall. And being the large model, it has the date at six o’clock, with the date disc smartly done in black to match the dial; the medium model lacks a date display.


What’s different, however, is the blue gradient dial in place of the classic white, and with it sees an update in the watch face’s Roman numerals (this version comes in stainless steel), giving it that extra pop of shine and added appeal.

As with all Santos de Cartier pieces, this model is also equipped with a steel bracelet (armed with the SmartLink adjustment system), along with a navy blue calf leather strap (which comes with a steel double adjustable folding buckle) that’s inspired by the deep blue skies Alberto Santos-Dumont was so passionate about conquering.

Inside is the self-winding cal. 1847 MC, which is Cartier’s entry-level, in-house movement. It runs at 4Hz and has a 48-hour power reserve.


The Cartier Santos with a blue dial (ref. WSSA0013) is priced exactly the same as the version with a silver dial: US$6850 or S$9450. Know that the Santos de Cartier Blue Dial is available in limited quantities at Cartier’s boutiques, and will arrive at retailers later in the year. New year. New watch. Why not.

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Cartier brings back its barrel-shaped Tonneau timepieces


Tonneau – the French word for Barrel – proved to be a very popular case shape for Cartier that became prominent during the Art-Déco era. The exceptional form of the watch perfectly captured the spirit of the times and evidently corresponded to the geometric and lavish preferences of the time. Today, almost a century following the initial presentation of the watch, the Tonneau shape is still a classic form in watchmaking.

The first Tonneau timepiece was presented by Cartier in 1906 – just a short two years after the Santos was introduced. The Tonneau was the very first Cartier wristwatch for men, but the luxury French Maison soon began to manufacture this iconic shaped timepiece for women as well. Whether it is a men’s watch or a ladies’ watch, the exclusive Tonneau lends a touch of class to any wrist.

Distinct case shapes and Cartier have gone hand-in-hand since the iconic French brand started its work in watchmaking. For 2019, the Grande Maison returns to the historic tonneau in four executions.

Over time, Cartier presented variations of the Tonneau model. The basic barrel shape of the watch remained consistent among the design elements of different Tonneau models, as the watches can often appear quite different.

Today, the original Tonneau models belong to Cartier’s rare vintage watches. They also comprise a very important chapter in Cartier history. The world jeweller can look back on great accomplishments including opening boutiques overseas, introducing the first men’s wristwatches, and acquiring prestigious customers on a global scale. But among all the accomplishments of the luxurious watchmakers, the world jeweller can proudly look back to the successful period in history in which the classic and exquisite Tonneau was presented to the world.


Cartier Privé Tonneau Collection

The pre-SIHH press releases have started to trickle in, signaling the start of a new year in the watch world and while some brands may choose to tease more uncomplicated pieces, saving prized ones for the fair, Cartier went straight to the main course – unveiling a new case shape to add to the collection.

At the upcoming SIHH watch salon in Geneva, the French master jeweler and watch design pioneer revives another early 20th-century shaped model that went on to become hugely influential, its 1906 Tonneau, in the Cartier Privé line.

It’s been a grand 112 years since Cartier launched the Tonneau watch back in 1906 and it seems the time is ripe to bring the shape back. Tonneau, a French term for barrel, was used to describe the striking shape that stood out amongst the simple, round cases of the time. Neither a rectangle nor an oval, the tonneau is an amalgamation of both rather, with the case curving ever so slightly. When it was presented, Cartier coated the watch in platinum, for emphasis on its ‘avant-garde aesthetics’.


Cartier Privé Tonneau in Platinum

Celebrating that legacy this year, Cartier will be showing two time-only versions, one limited to 100 pieces in platinum paying homage to the first Tonneau, and another in rose gold.

The winding crown is topped off with a cabochon in classic Cartier style. The dial – Champagne-colored on the rose-gold watch, silvered on the platinum – features polished, rhodium-plated applied Roman numerals and a vintage-style railtrack minutes scale.

While the watches may be steeped in early 20th-century aesthetics, rest assured that Cartier has updated the pieces to be ready for the 22nd century. Besides the Roman numerals, a minute track further towards the middle of the dial, and a cabochon on the winding crown – the quintessential Cartier look – the pair of watches see the new handwound Caliber 1917 MC powering them, with a 38 hour power reserve.


Cartier Privé Tonneau in Rose Gold

If shapes were Cartier’s forte in casemaking, then skeletonisation was where Cartier made its mark in the art of movement-production. The Maison’s ability in paring movements down to its bare minimum has always been a skill it’s cherished and this year, the Tonneau is getting the skeleton treatment.

In a different sizing, Cartier shows both form and function on the new Tonneau XL Dual Time, taking cues from a vintage Cartier Tonneau. While the older model that the watch is based on used two small and separate calibres to tell the time between the two zones, the modern day iteration sees a singular movement, the 9919 MC calibre.


The case has wrist-hugging curves and the iconic cabochon-set crown.

Running the entire geartrain in a single line so as to forgo a messier movement architecture and retain the elongated form, the watch is reminiscent of other linear movements such as Corum’s Bridge calibres. With a case as complex to build as the Tonneau’s. given that there’s a slight curvature to fit the wrist better, the movement was modified to follow the same dimensions.

For both the platinum and pink gold versions, the Tonneau XL Dual Time Skeleton is just one of the many illustrious examples of Cartier’s Fine Watchmaking Department’s expertise over the years. It’s may be a simple question – what can be achieved aesthetically by pushing watchmaking – but Cartier’s answer is anything but.


The movement in the Cartier Privé Tonneau Skeleton Dual Time Zone has a vertically aligned gear train.

Two skeletonised dual time watches are being introduced in larger 37.8mm x 24mm cases housing the hand wound calibre 9919 MC movement. Both platinum and pink gold versions are limited to 100 pieces, while an additional 20 numbered pieces will be available in baguette-cut diamond-set platinum.

This calibre 9919 MC movement represents a technical achievement in several respects, with its linear-oriented gear train, with wheels aligned between 5 and 12 o’clock, designed to maintain the integrity of the case shape; the curved contours of the movement itself; and the angled cutting on the gear train’s barrel and escapement wheel.

Fully wound, Caliber 9919 MC (the initials are for ‘Manufacture Cartier’) amasses a power reserve of 60 hours.


The Cartier Privé Tonneau Skeleton Dual Time Zone in rose gold.

Prices for the new Cartier Privé Tonneau collection will be announced at SIHH 2019. Come into the wonderful world of Cartier.






Cartier Ion Orchard reopens its doors with a special exhibition titled Cartier, Icon of Style


By now you must have already caught sight of the gorgeous Cartier ferris wheel parked outside Ion Orchard shopping mall – or seen it plastered all over Instagram. This gigantic structure is just the first of many things happening at this Cartier boutique, which is set to reopen its doors officially on 24th November. And did you know that this three-story boutique is the largest Cartier store in all of Southeast Asia?

Spanning a total of 688 square metres, the store’s remodelling was done by the famed Parisian artist, designer, scenographer, painter and photographer Bruno Moinard, who made sure to marry the French Art de Vivre (art of living, the French way) with multiple references to Singaporean culture as a Garden City – embracing the beauty, richness and diversity of it all.


Artist’s impression of Le Salon Cartier on the third level of Cartier ION Orchard

Inspired by the Singapore’s tropical climate, the external 20-metre-long glass façade is patterned with palm trees and raindrops to elicit a sense of privacy and exclusiveness. Another key feature is a custom-made sculpture of art – in the stairwell between the first and second floors. The Cartier panther – carved in bas-relief – nestles amongst the tropical environment on a plaster panel, referencing to Singapore’s very own flora and fauna.

On the third and highest floor, the Le Salon Cartier has been enriched with Peranakan artefacts exuding the splendour of this beautiful local Singaporean culture.


Shirin ‘Nina Dyer’ Aga Khan Panther Bangle

But more exciting news awaits. Cartier Singapore has – as part of the reopening celebrations – specially curated an exhibition of selected historic and extraordinary pieces brought in from the Cartier archives in Paris. The exhibition titled ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ has been specially curated – showcasing selected beautiful historic and extraordinary jewellery pieces.

More than a Cartier symbol. A timeless emblem first tamed by Louis Cartier and his muse, Jeanne Toussaint, the totemic panther carries on her reign.

Titled Cartier, Icon of Style, the exhibition highlights, among other things, the origins of the Maison’s love affair with the panther motif. The French Maison was the first jeweller to adopt the panther. The elegant feline was used for the firts time on a wristwatch in 1914 with a setting of onyx recreating the animal’s fur.


Barbara Hutton’s Tiger Clip

When Jeanne Toussaint was appointed as creative director in 1933, the panter became even more as an emblematic motif for the Maison. Toussaint worked closely alongside founder Louis Cartier and was nicknamed ‘La Panthère’, presumably due to her freedom, strength of character and the love pather in her lifestyle. One of her most outstanding inputs lies in the search on volume and attidudes of the animal. For Jeanne Toussaint, the panther – now an iconic motif – is clearly the emblem of timeless femininity unfettered by convention.

Marked by wild and beautiful femininity, the fearless and audacious panther later seduced countless personalities; royalty, celebrities and femme fatales, who would continue the legend through new savoir-faire and unexplored attitudes in precious materials.

Both, Louis Cartier and Jeanne Toussaint, also had a mutual interest in, not to say a fascination with, other cultures. This has helped shape not just the aesthetic of one or other object, but the entire Cartier style. A visual language, wich has extended to every creation and whose ‘vocabulary’ has been constantly expanding.


The Duchess of Windsor’s Panther Brooch

The ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ exhibition highlights the orgins of the panther and its rich connections with some of the most well-known figures, such as the Duchess of Windsor, Shirin – Nina Dyer – Aga Khan and Barbara Hutton, just to name a few.

Open to the public, the exhibition will run from November 24 to December 6. Monday to Friday: 12pm to 9.00pm, Saturday to Sunday: 10.30am to 9.00pm. Keen individuals are encouraged to indicate registration interest on Cartier ‘Icon of Style’ as viewing slots are limited.

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Diamonds Ara A Girls Best Friend, but how to choose and buy a diamond



Yes, we get it, diamonds are a girl’s best friend – we’ve all heard this before and so have jewellers around the world drummed this into our collective consciousness ad nauseum. These beautiful little rocks never fail to make our hearts skip a little, whether as a brilliant-cut gem perched high on an engagement ring, as a square princess cut, or cut in a luscious pear shape and set alongside different coloures stones. The world’s best jewellers never seem to run out of ideas and designs. And we just love them all. Buying them, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether, which can range from mildly stressful to downright nerve-wrecking.

When you are planning on purchasing a diamond it is important that you know as much as possible about how diamonds are classified. There are four topics you need to become familiar with: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight.

When you’re buying diamond jewellery, it certainly helps to have good knowledge not just of the product but also the industry that deals in it. This is because whether you end up with the best stone for your budget or an overpriced dud depends nearly entirely on how wisely you choose. Exhibiting at the recent Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2018, local bespoke jeweller Infiniti Jewels shares 10 diamond-buying hacks and tips that you won’t get from just any jewellery merchant. Want to be a savvy jewellery investor? Keep reading.

Rene-Boivin-Emerald-Diamond-Ring-in-Platinum-126757-85557René Boivin Brilliant-Cut Diamond and Emerald Ring in Platinum


The famous four C’s


When we speak of cut we are more interested in the proportions of the diamond as opposed to its shape (Round Brilliant, Marquise, Pear, Princess, etc.) Every diamond regardless of its shape gets it brilliancy and scintillation by cutting and polishing the diamond facets to allow the maximum amount of light that enters through its top to be reflected and dispersed back through its top. A correctly cut, ‘well made’, stone is pictured in diagram 1. As you can see if the angles are correct the light that enters is dispersed properly back through the diamond’s top facets. When a stone is cut too shallow (diagram2) or too deep (diagram3) the light that enters through the top is allowed to escape through the diamond’s bottom and does not allow the maximum beauty of the diamond to be realized.


The number of facets has very little impact on the ultimate value of a stone

It’s a sales gimmick to market a stone as having a lot of facets but while more cuts simply make a stone sparkle more, it’s just maybe three to four per cent more. Today, with the increased understanding of light dynamics and diamond cutting, many companies have developed new, modified round brilliant cut diamonds.

If designed correctly, these extra facets of the modified round brilliant could benefit the overall beauty of a diamond, such as in 91 facet diamonds. But having additional facets doesn’t automatically mean better sparkle because if the facets are not cut in the right proportion, ultimately it sparkles less.

Tiffany & Co Jean Schlumberger Diamond RingTiffany & Co Jean Schlumberger Sixteen Stone Briljant Diamond, VS1 clarity, G color, Total weight Approx 1.14ct,  Yellow Gold and Platinum Band Ring



Diamonds come naturally in every color of the rainbow. However most people are concerned with diamonds in the white range. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) rates the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow).

The best color for a diamond is no color at all. A totally colorless diamond allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. Colors are graded totally colorless to light yellow. The differences from one grade to the other are very subtle and it takes a trained eye and years of experience to color grade a diamond.

If you’re not buying to invest, G coloured stones are the worthiest buys

D, E, F coloured stones are the best, followed by G, H, I, J. But people in the trade do often group G stones in the colourless category because they’re practically colourless and there’s minimal difference between D, E stones and F, G stones.

If you’re buying to invest, go for D, E, F coloured stones

But if you’re getting a stone as an investment, then it makes sense to get the very best that you can, which means D, E, F colour

If the cut grade is poor or just good, even D colour flawless diamonds will not sparkle well

This affects the ultimate sparkle of a diamond. Experts will be able to tell if a stone has been cut well in the way that highlights its best qualities.



Cartier Oval-Cut Diamond 2ct up to 3.99ct 1895 Solitaire Platinum Ring



The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and location of flaws, or blemishes, in the diamond when viewed under 10 power (10x) magnification. GIA rates clarity grades in diamonds from Flawless to Imperfect 3 (see chart below). The Diamond Shopping Network offers you diamonds from the Imperfect 1 grade through Flawless.

Most diamonds contain very tiny birthmarks known as ‘inclusions’. An inclusion can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. The fewer the inclusions, the more beautiful the diamond will be.


Diamonds have the capability of producing more brilliance than any other gemstone. A diamond that is free of inclusions and surface blemishes is very rare… and therefore very valuable.

It’s a misconception that the more inclusions, the worse the clarity

Clarity is how deep or obvious the inclusion is. There could be just one but really deep, and the stone becomes an SI quality diamond. Compared to a VS2 diamond that could have had several light dots on the surface, the SI stone may not offer poorer clarity even though it’s graded lower. But very often you can’t see these with the naked eye, so it may not matter so much. However, if you’re buying as an investment, it makes sense to aim for as close to D flawless as possible.

Boucheron 3.91 Carat Brilliant-Cut Diamond Platinum Engagement RingBoucheron 3.91ct Briljant-Cur Diamond Ring in Platinum



This is the weight of a diamond measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so does its rarity and therefore its price.

One carat is divided into 100 ‘points’, so that a diamond of 75 points weights .75 carats. The carat-weight of a diamond is the easiest measurement to determine. Most importantly, two diamonds can be of equal carat-weight, but their value can differ greatly due to their cut, color, and clarity.

Carat refers to the weight, not the size

A stone can look larger because it has been cut better but weigh slightly less. It’s not always the bigger the weight the bigger the stone.

Value depends on the best balance of the 4Cs

You can’t just go for carat or colour, or clarity or cut. A 3 carat stone suggests high value but it could be a very low colour and just average quality. It will be far less valuable than a 2 carat D flawless diamond. You have to assess all the variables together and get a balance of what the stone offers.

You’ll get the most bang for your buck by knowing what variables affect you the most.

If you want the best of the 4Cs, prices can and will skyrocket. To work within your budget, you need to decide which of the four Cs matter most to you. For instance, clarity may be less critical because no one can tell with the naked eye if a stone is VVS1 or VS1. On the other hand, carat may be more important in some cases because just by looking, you will be able to estimate the size of the stone.

Prices jump significantly from category to category

There is one pricing bracket for stones under 1 carat, and that makes a big jump when you go into the 1 to 1.5 carat category. Then when you go into the 1.5 to 2 carat category, expect another big jump, and so on. Thus, for maximum savings, what you can consider are stones that come in just under. For instance, instead of a 2-carat stone, go for 1.9 carats.

Certification is important

The most prestigious certification body is GIA. You’ll know that a diamond has been GIA certified when you examine it under the eye-glass and you see its GIA number which has been lasered onto the surface. No two stones have the same GIA number.

Don’t rush into your diamond purchase. Take your time and evaluate your choice carefully. It took billions (yes, billions) of years for nature to form your diamond and the skill of a master diamond cutter to bring your diamond to you. The time you spend now can bring you a lifetime of pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.

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Maison Cartier Coloratura: an artistic celebration of the world



Last month at Haute Couture Fashion week in Paris, French Maison Cartier officially unveiled its Coloratura high-jewelry collection that – as its name suggests – celebrates vibrant color and artistic cultures.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Coloratura refers to a florid style of operatic singing usually associated with sopranos; it is also referred to as the instrumental equivalent of ‘ornamentation’.

This bright new look is not entirely a surprise, as over the past decade, Cartier has become increasingly daring in its use of colour stones beyond the safety of the traditional trio of rubies, emeralds and sapphires. But Coloratura marks a new high point in Cartier’s multi-cultural and multi-colour approach to haute joaillerie, the haute couture of jewellery. Made up of 240 pieces, this collection is ambitious not only in the number of eye-popping bright jewels but in its global scope. Following the gem-hunting travels of the pioneering Cartier brothers on the cusp of the 20th century, the jewels are inspired by the colours, moods and shapes of India, the Far East and Africa.

The designs are unquestionably Cartier. The house style is evident in the Art Deco symmetry of the red coral, diamond and onyx of the Orienphonie watch or in the sensual gemstone bead tassels of the Yoshino necklace (below). But look again and a sea change is afoot. Like a good mix of guests at a party, the highly precious rub shoulders with the interestingly different. Personalities rarely seen together in the same setting create an effervescent and eclectic atmosphere.


Cartier Yoshino necklace in white gold with two emerald-cut morganites totalling 55.18 carats, three cabochon-cut opals, tourmaline beads, pink sapphires and brilliant- cut diamonds. The necklace has an additional chain and can be worn in three different ways.

Take the Matsuri ring: where you would expect a Colombian emerald to provide the green note in a composition, a fresh mint colour tourmaline shakes things up (below).


An invigorating freshness emanates from the Cartier Matsuri ring in platinum thanks to a 26.20-carat cushion shaped green tourmaline combined with an almost holographic effect of a lattice of onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.

The Yoshino ring (below) is a glorious coming together of three stones that rarely find themselves together at one gathering: a vibrant pink morganite is flanked by two rainbow-bright opals that in turn are complemented by the softer glow of pink sapphires.


The unusual combination of a 17.12-carat morganite combined with two fiery opals and pink sapphires create an exciting kaleidoscope of colour in Cartier’s Yoshino ring.

To complete the Art Deco style Orienphonie white gold, coral bead, onyx and diamond Orienphonie secret watch. In the design there arealso earrings and a ring available.


Cartier’s signature Art Deco look is evident in the Orienphonie wristwatch in white gold with nineteen orangey red coral beads totalling 130.46 carats, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds with a quartz movement.


The magnificent Kanaga necklace (top and below) strings berry-red spinels into a cascading fringe to re-create the classic red and white duo so beloved of the maison. The look may appear to be Place Vêndome through and through but the inspiration is in fact from the fringed costumes from Mali in West Africa as worn during ceremonial Kanaga mask dances.


Referencing the red fringed tribal costume from Mali in West Africa, the Cartier Kanaga Necklace is composed of rows of spinel beads, orangey pink spinels triangle-shape diamonds as well as the more traditionally shaped baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Like the spontaneous colour bombs that soar through the air to stain revellers with random colour patterns at the Indian Holi Festival the joyous Holika ring is a riot of colour (below). Zesty green chrysoberyls and neon-blue tourmaline beads create a giddy clash of colours around an impressive 15-carat rubellite.


Recalling the chaotic colour of the Indian festival of Holi, the Cartier Holika ring makes a joyful combination of rubellite, tourmaline and chrysoberyl.


Cartier Holika Ring in white gold with a 15.05-carat cushion- shaped rubellite, blue tourmaline beads, chrysoberyl beads, square-shaped diamonds, brilliant-cut diamonds.

In the same global spirit, the Chromophonia necklace (below) presents a very open-minded approach to the jeweller’s colour palette by fusing the Hindu references of baroque emerald beads with Eastern European folk costume motifs.


Cartier Chromophonia necklace from the Coloratura collection with twenty-two baroque emerald beads from Afghanistan weighing nearly 200 carats, spinel beads, mandarin garnet beads, turquoise, onyx, rose-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut diamonds.


Detail of Cartier Chromaphonia necklace and earrings in white gold that fuse both Indian and European influences for a new wave of colour combinations rarely seen in high jewellery.

With such a dizzying melding of colour, nationalities and backgrounds, Coloratura is one jewellery party that has kicked off with a bang. Come into the beautiful and woderful world of Cartier.