Cartier’s Tutti Frutti Jewelry Has A Long History

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Cartier’s Tutti Frutti Jewelry Has A Long History

Jewelry pieces from the Tutti Frutti Collection currently available from Cartier, are the most recent in a long line of Cartier Tutti Frutti jewelry originating in 1901 with a piece commissioned for Queen Alexandra to wear with her new Indian dresses. It wasn’t until much later that this jewelry style, using carved, colourful gems in the Indian style was nicknamed tutti frutti. With Indian style tutti frutti in mind (colourful, diced, candied fruit, usually papaya) the name was so apt that it stuck! It was also an implicit nod to the Indian/Oriental influence in early 20th century design, including jewelry design. As Louise Jenkinson writes on the AC Silver website:

‘Tutti Frutti’ designs were a fusion of Persian and Hindu decorative motifs which reflected the Mughal Empire’s exotic look. This appealed to westerners, with the Orient becoming a popular and fashionable theme of the time. Carved sapphires, emeralds and rubies were engraved in naturalistic leaf, flower and berry motifs and attached to pavéd diamond stems, often with small diamonds inset into gems that resembled berries. 

As a style of jewelry, Tutti Frutti became ever more popular during the 1920s and beyond, as travellers ‘discovered’ India and its rich cultures, and Indian royalty welcomed the opportunity to acquire this jewelry and to visit Cartier workshops in London and Paris. A  couple of Tutti Frutti jewelry pieces sold at auction recently have topped the $2 million mark.

Continue on to the next page to see modern Tutti Frutti jewelry you can buy right now from Cartier. But before you do that – check out the image below, of a Tutti Frutti bracelet designed in 1928.

Jewelry image courtesy Town And Country Magazine article by Emily Selter
Jewelry information on this page cites Louise Jenkinson on AC Silver 

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