Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dreams of Cartier

From the windows of Cartier, NYC.

I blame you, Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rachel Zoe. Between the movie W.E., the auction of Elizabeth’s jewels in December, and all the bling Rachel Zoe regularly wears on her show, I have jewelry on the brain. And not just any jewelry—big jewelry, gorgeous jaw-dropping jewelry, jewelry you leave to your kids to fight over (or sell at auction).

I mean, hello. I’m dying here.

Tank Américane watch of white gold and diamonds, $54,100.

So I made a trip to the Cartier boutique in Manhattan, which I’ve never been to before. It was a freezing Saturday in January, which ended up being the perfect time to go: plenty of room at the counter and an associate free to show me some rings from the Trinity de Cartier collection—the Cartier classic featuring three linked bands, one of white gold, one of yellow gold, and one of rose gold. I also tried on one with the white gold band set with pavĂ© diamonds. Forgive me for not getting pictures, I was deep in trying-on mode and didn’t want to break my stride!

I tried on this ring. It’s from the Trinity collection and costs $11,050. It looks sooooo good on me. Honey, please?

For fun I also tried on the gigantic Panther ring that Rachel Zoe often wears, made of 18K yellow gold with peridot eyes, an onyx nose and spots made of black lacquer. It is quite heavy in weight and price, $23,700. Not really my style, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my jewelry box either.

Rachel Zoe owns this amazing Cartier panther ring.

Pearls the size of gumballs, anyone? Maybe for that Wilma Flintstone look?

I have a friend who doesn’t like to go on these trips I make to check out beautiful things because it depresses her afterwards. She’ll say, “Why can’t I be rich?” I’m the opposite, I can see, try on, and hand back expensive things. Just because I want to look at something doesn’t mean I want to own it. I can appreciate the craftsmanship, materials, and design of an object, and then call it a day. In fact, I like these excursions because I don’t spend any money. I didn’t walk out with a ring (that day, anyway), but I did get an education on why Cartier is so special.

What I did actually go home with from Cartier. You can bet this bag garners some glances on the street!

The handsome and attentive Robert gave me four samples of Cartier perfumes.

What about you? Do you find it depressing to see something and not be able to buy it (immediately or ever) or is it okay to look and leave?


Linda said...

I am o.k. with just looking and leaving. Great wealth can bring much responsibly with it, constantly guarding it, wondering about truth in friendships, etc. I would rather look at beautiful, hugely expensive jewelry and enjoy the craftsmanship and creativity of the artist behind it and keep my anonymity....

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Sigh...it is beautiful...the blue necklace is fabulous..but I am happy in my costume jewelry land!!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Oh those gumball pearls!

That is an interesting question that you have posed.
I do so love to see beautiful things especially well crafted pieces but truly for my pedestrian life and limited income I'd be torturing myself if I set my sights this high.

But if there was a lottery win....

Anonymous said...

I'll have the ring, with a side of gumballs! I'll bet you could do a giveaway just with the shopping bag. ;)

triskelos said...

The first ring is soooo gorgeous! I already love it with all of my heart)
I've never been a big fan of gold and diamonds, but now it's all changing) I can't spor dreaming about two pairs of diamond earrings to sparkle in my ears))

sacramento said...

I will have the first one, you can keep the rest, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh