"Cartier" jewelry was inspired by the arts of Islam and derived from it modernity

France-ALSHARQIYA October 22: A group of "Cartier" jewelry, within an exhibition in Paris, shows that the ancient house was inspired by the arts of Islam since the beginning of the twentieth century to modernize its jewelry, in terms of geometric shapes, and the combination of turquoise blue and emerald green, and this trend continued for it to today.
The exhibition "Cartier and the Arts of Islam" opened yesterday, Thursday, at the "Museum of Decorative Arts" in the French capital, and aims to demonstrate the amazing connection between luxury jewelry, mosque cladding, fabrics with Ottoman ornaments or inlaid Persian boxes.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, Judith Enon Renaud, assistant director of the Islamic Arts Department at the Louvre Museum, one of the curators, explained that the exhibited collection constitutes a "research" that has never been shown.
Another curator, Curator of Antique and Modern Jewelery at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Evelyn Busimé, said it was the first time that an exhibition dedicated to jewelery had "reconstructed all stages of creativity".
She explained that Louis Cartier, the grandson of the founder of the house, was not very inspired by the Art Nouveau movement at the beginning of the twentieth century, and wanted to offer customers "something new, perhaps Russian, perhaps Persian", so he ultimately chose Al-Farsi.
At that point, "an essential part" of Cartier's jewelry was inspired by the arts of Islam, which made the house "modern in relation to modern art", according to Evelyn Busimé.
She pointed out that the geometric patterns were "taken from architecture", while other aspects were inspired "from the cladding of mosques in Central Asia." The combination of colors also comes from the East, such as the use of green or “the color of heaven” with light turquoise blue and dark lapis lazuli.
In the 1930s, artistic director Jean Toussaint introduced the color purple, inspired by amethyst, and created three-dimensional pieces inspired by Indian jewelry from the Mughal Empire.
She emphasized that "this geometry and these patterns are still present today, and have become one of the main components of the house."


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