The term “tutti frutti” sounds like a
bubble gum or a dessert, but in reality, it is a name given
to a style of high jewelry designed by Pierre Cartier. The
story goes that in 1901 Queen Alexandra of Great Britain,
commissioned Cartier to create a necklace. The original
inspiration was a set of three Indian gowns Queen Alexandra
had received as a gift, which inspired the bright color
choices for the carved gemstones. In this case the stones
were emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds set in
The style has an east meets west aesthetic which was
wildly popular in the 1920’s but only gained its fun name in
the 1970’s. In the 20’s exoticism was all the rage. India’s
princely families had magnificent gem collections
refashioned by Cartier and other Parisian jewelry houses.
The Europeans, in turn, fell in love with India’s precious
gems and its crafts.
Art Deco Tutti Frutti Bracelet
is the result of a blend of designs, the Art Deco era with
its angles and Tutti Frutti with the riot of colors. These
styles come together in a fashionable bracelet using
cubic-right-angle weave (CRAW) and peyote stitch. A central
oval CZ is bezeled and surrounded with CZ-set cup chain.
Four colors of bezeled CZ’s brighten the central component.
Flat, odd-count peyote stitch strips link the central
component to the side component, leading to the CZ