In 1847 Louis-François Cartier
(1819-1904) opened the first House of Cartier, becoming
synonymous with exceptional gems, groundbreaking design and
exquisite craftsmanship. Regarded as one of the most
prestigious jewelry manufacturers in the world, this
family-owned jewelry house has had a long history of sales
to royalty. King Edward VII of Great Britain referred to
Cartier as "the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers".
Primarily known for their work with diamonds, the firm
designed lavish pieces, often incorporating other stones in
new and unusual settings for contrast and color. The Golden
Twenties witnessed an exceptional alliance of taste, talent
and money. The House of Cartier reached dizzying heights of
Art Deco splendor, and as with a lot of other houses during
the 20's, flora and fauna was replaced with bold geometric
shapes, juxtaposed or superimposed on one another.
Arabesque Collar is a meeting of materials, a
collision of contrasts and a marriage of metal and glass.
The word "Arabesque" refers to an Arabic or Moorish form of
artistic decoration based on linier patterns of scrolling
and interlacing foliage or complex geometrical patterns.
Thin copper patina is the base of the central component,
cut to an oval shape and decorated with a beautifully
bezeled CZ, using peyote stitch. The CZ bezel is embellished
with pearls and crystals, drawing the eye to this focal
point. The metal form is simply bezeled, ending with a
picot/netting flourish. Behind the scenes, there is a pearl
cabochon "foot" added to support the metal structure on the
Cubic right-angle weave, using fire polish
beads, is used to create curved 3-D components that are then
laced together to create a form-fitting collar that makes a
statement! The collar ends in a simple closure, allowing the
design to flow around the neck. Art Deco style meets the