Geometry & Contrast

Geometry & Contrast

Less is more. At the beginning of the 20th century, while the neo-classical garland style was booming at Cartier, Louis Cartier introduced geometric shapes and sleek lines, new combinations of materials and color contrasts, as well as interplays of stylization and abstraction.
A new vision of the Cartier style appeared, which has endured as a source of inspiration until today.


Louis Cartier introduced vibrant colors as well as unique, modern and stylized shapes: simple cubes, polygons and diamond shapes in calibrated colored gemstones. In 1909, on a ruby and diamond brooch, the figurative disappeared entirely, and the square fit into the circle.


Onyx, lacquer and enamel: from material to color, black is ever-present at Cartier. Emblematic of the Art Deco period, it has stood the test of time and asserted itself until today. Black is a fundamental part of the Cartier palette: graphic, it outlines shapes, stylizes designs and creates the effect of shadows and perspective. Alongside white or red and green, it adds tension and contrast in combinations, including within the most recent creations.


Cartier brings out movement at the heart of its creations. Relying on the precision of the composition, the design frees up the momentum, dynamics and rhythm. Beneath the designer’s pencil and the jeweler's hands, the material is brought to life. The movement is ever-present and barely restrained in this cuff bracelet that can be transformed into a tiara.


While black and white is a chromatic pairing unique to Art Deco, Cartier also plays with other combinations. Combined with the black of onyx or lacquer, the orange color of coral has inspired sparkling jewelry creations emblematic of this taste for the unexpected.