A classic investment jewel or watch is never fair an accessory, there is always a rich history behind. In the new series of W Rock stars, we explore what makes legacies past, present and future so unique.
I have always considered myself to be someone who is quite resistant to lust. Quiet, detail-oriented, not particularly romantic (a Virgo through and through), I tend to be drawn to substance over beauty, and disinterested in flash. That’s why I was surprised the first time I fell in love with a piece of jewelry. Caught off guard by my own fear in the presence of a set of glittering stones, I said to my companion: “I feel like a cliche at the present time. “I was a woman bewitched by a bracelet. I couldn’t describe it precisely at the time, but what I felt was this feeling of weakness in the knees, of putty in hands, heartbeat that we feel in the presence of something really beautiful.
I remembered my first contact with jewelry lust recently, through the Cartier house. This thrilling sensation is what the brand calls “the sixth sense”, and it is after this emotion that they titled their new collection, Sixième Sens. In the words of the brand, truly extraordinary jewelry is “an expression of art with movement like no other. The Sixième Sens collection was born from a desire to explore the overwhelming emotionality of jewelry. The vivid sensations “between surprise and wonder” which are awakened by “the age-old power that stones have for enchantment”.
Stones, enchantments or electricity are not lacking in the collection. Stones with unique and saturated hues are used to create a optical illusion pixel-like effect and graphic patterns. In each piece there is a balance of gravity, light, composition and color that pulls on the sensitive strings. “By challenging our perceptions, the collection takes us into a world of sensory stimulation,” notes the jeweler, in other words, it awakens our sixth sense.
My favorite piece in the range is the Alaxoa, a deceptively intricate necklace of emeralds and diamonds. Its intense color and bewitching fringe-like texture, achieved through a complex threading technique, combine intensity and ease in one work of art. The rich, green, cascading stones glide almost imperceptibly over the wearer’s skin in a way that makes the necklace organic – alive, even – and I find myself reconnecting with that old friend, lust. Maybe I’m a romantic after all? I blame the Sixth Sense.