The absolute pure diamond
A D IF (Internally Flawless) 30.21-carat diamond, type IIa, brilliant-cut pear shape
Exceptional in the world of diamonds, the absolute pure diamond weighing 30.21 carats is a type IIa stone. This classification represents around just 1% of natural diamonds and is used for only the most chemically pure, highest quality diamonds. Such treasures are called “Golconda-type diamonds” after the Indian mines near Hyderabad that produced the most beautiful and plentiful supply of type IIa colourless diamonds ever known. Among these are the very famous Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light”) diamond, today on display in the Tower of London, and the Cartier Tiger Tears, two pear-shaped diamonds weighing 56.64 and 57.53 carats, presented by the Maison at the Biennale des Antiquaires in 2004.
Only an exceptional craftsman could be entrusted with the task of revealing the incredible splendour of such a stone, which is why it was cut by one of Cartier’s most experienced cutters. The result surpassed all expectations: ideal pear-shape proportions and faceting to enhance its sparkle. Light passes through this crystal and emerges radiant and dazzling, an expression of pure delight.
The cushion-shaped emerald
A 26.60-carat Colombian emerald
Weighing 26.60 carats, this Colombian emerald is distinguished by the uniqueness of its cushion shape. This beautiful crystal with a colour at once fresh and deep – neither too light nor too dark – and the evenly distributed light it radiates seem to indicate an old emerald, known as “old mine”. These are the most sought-after emeralds, desired for the moving beauty of their delicate crystallisation and their incredibly soft fire.