BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style |Jewelry | Collection: Cartier

The artistic and intriguing designs of l’Odyssée de Cartier high jewelry take the wearer on a journey of discovery that explores the multifaceted spirits of Africa and Asia. African motifs emerge in abstract shapes and warm-hued gems that suggest the dappled palette of the continent’s vast savannas, while India inspires extravagant arrangements of intricately carved stones that blaze with color. Though diverse, these pieces share an exceptional artisanship and lightness of construction and movement—hallmarks of the French jeweler. Each masterpiece’s gentle curves and fluid lines are meticulously crafted in Cartier’s high-jewelry workshop in Paris, where artisans rendered such exquisite examples as the Neve necklace (right) of sapphires, diamonds, lacquer, platinum, and 18-karat white gold with a suspended 24.35-carat sapphire drop, and the Malice bracelet and earrings (opposite) in pink topaz, diamonds, black lacquer, and platinum. (800.227.8437, www.cartier.us)

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…
A new jewelry collection reveals African roots with refined designs…
New butterfly designs from some of the world’s most esteemed jewelers take flight for summer…