Best of the Best 2011: Jewelry Collections: Cartier

    t last year’s Biennale des Anti­quaires in Paris, Cartier (800.?227.8437, www.cartier.com) presented 60 high-style designs featuring flamboyant feather and colorful bird motifs and romantic details such as delicate, draping beads. The stunning gems included a necklace with a 35-?carat opal center and a ring with a carved 60-carat sea blue sapphire. The jeweler’s endless originality and showstopping jewels make it a perennial winner.

    These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
    Photo by Michael Oldford
    Assael’s diamond-and-rare-pearl jewelry depicts and aids endangered animals…
    The historically inspired necklace is part of Boucheron’s new Bleu de Jodhpur collection…
    The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
    Fresh designs take direction from a stage and screen icon…
    The Floridian Lapidary favors bold stones with minimal metal embellishments to distract from them…
    The exquisitely enigmatic gem shows its range in new designs…
    A timeless gem is refreshed with extraordinary hues…
    The New York–based jeweler prides himself on his nontraditional approach to jewelry design…
    Photo by Emanuele Marietti
    A fresh wave of jewelry elegantly emulates coastal flora and fauna…