Perhaps what is most mesmerizing about these iconic jewels is that each creation is completely unique. As with colored stones and diamonds, tutti frutti jewels may share resemblances however no two are ever the same. What makes this a quintessential tutti frutti piece is the large presence of carved emeralds and rubies, connected throughout by a diamond-set vine, as well as the chevron motif on the clasp, seen on similar examples of the style. What makes this an exceptional tutti frutti piece, however, is the delicate framing applied around each jeweled flower and leaf, the black enamel providing added contrast to each stone while also creating a harmonious balance throughout. The supremely Art Deco-style clasp, with its sleek geometry, serves as stylized vases from which the tutti frutti vine may grow and flourish from end to end of the bracelet.
As iconic as the floral festoons which adorn its original fitted case, this tutti frutti bracelet beautifully showcases the ultimate craftsmanship for which Cartier is known. Tutti frutti designs have long been enchanting jewelry connoisseurs; the present example with its vibrant hues and highly flexible form is both a wonder to see and a wonder to wear.
Bracelet of similar design are illustrated in:
Gilles Chazal, The Art of Cartier, The Musée du Petite Palais, October 1989-January 1990, page 140, fig. 287.
A bracelet of similar design is illustrated in The Cartier Collection: Jewelry by François Chaille, pages 189, 191 and 192.
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