They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the phrase couldn’t have felt more true last night as we headed over to the recently-opened Hotel Americano in far west Chelsea to gawk over the new Trinity de Cartier collection. As we walked into the basement El Privado lounge, we were nearly blinded by dazzling diamonds covering numerous variations on the iconic triple ring design. From the sexy and modern white gold, palladium and black ceramic versions that hit the boutiques this week (the “basic” non-blinged-out piece runs roughly $1500) to the hypnotically mind-blowing diamond-encrusted cuff bracelet that would set you back a cool $600,000.
Cartier director of image, style and heritage Pierre Rainero was on hand to guide wide-eyed attendees through the impressive collection. The house of Cartier created the original Trinity ring back in 1924, so how does the team find the inspiration to keep things fresh?
“It’s very simple, you know,” says Rainero as he begins to describe the legendary design. “It’s three rings that interlock and three colors of gold. So [on the one hand], it’s easy to work with because the design is strong, but very difficult because you [can’t] alter it.”
The creation of the oft-copied triple-ring design was apparently quite ahead of its time in terms of shape and style and, dare we say, the pre-cursor to the jewelry form of high-low dressing. “Not only is the design still very contemporary, [but also] it was very modern when it was created,” Rainero said. “It was very surprising to see Cartier — the jeweler to kings at that time — to create a very simple item that was wearable from the morning to the evening as an intimate piece on your finger. Traditionally, it was seen as a symbol of faithfulness, love, and friendship.”
Despite the versatility in the design, don’t go thinking that Cartier would even consider a designer collaboration along the lines of other Parisian high-end designer contemporaries, such as Lanvin or Karl Lagerfeld. “We always work with our own designers,” Rainero said. “And for us, design is really our statement, so we see no point in working with external designers. And also what we believe in is the idea of a ‘maison’ — maison meaning house in English, of course — because it’s very symbolic and it means that under the same roof, we combine all the necessary skills to produce jewelry. Meaning not only the designers, but also the atelier — you know the place where we have the workers, the craftsmanship.”
Check out more images of the collection, below.