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You Want Jewellery
To Be Practical ? 

15th February 2019

I am always fascinated when jewellery mixes with other crafts: glasses set with gemstones, wedding dresses and sewed pearls ropes, or even gold plated skis! I won’t go too far today, let's focus on special evening bags that will make you shine brighter. These very-limited edition clutches are created by world-renown brands that gathered their jewellery expertise, precious gems and bag creativity to offer these one-of-a-kind minaudières. Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston are once more surprising us with colorful and sparkling yet, practical clutches.

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Les Galaxies de Cartier Evening Bag

Launched a few weeks ago, Les Galaxies de Cartier is a new fine jewellery collection based on the space and its mysteries. This very special line goes beyond classic jewellery and uses news shapes, volumes and uncommon stones. Moonstone, rock crystal, black pearls and metaquartzite are the key gems representing planets, meteorites and stars.

The new creative collection offers various sets as well as an evening bag that hides more than one secret. The main body is composed of a silver grey patterned textile made of silk and wool, that creates a 3D effect with a modern and geometrical design. The pink gold clasp is surmounted by a spiky jewel made of milky quartz, moonstone and diamonds. The trick remains in this piece of jewel that can be detached from the bag and be worn as a brooch. Such sophistication and versatility definitely raises attraction for this asteroid clutch (only 2 worldwide samples). So, fancy taking a trip to the stars?

Les Galaxies de Cartier Evening Clutch, Detachable Brooch, Cartier.

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Cartier Cactus Bag

The previous product recalled me of the Cactus Bag launched in 2016. I won’t hold it longer, the clasp is also a detachable brooch. The separate jewel actually looks exactly like the Cactus ring, made of emerald beads, orange carnelians and a brilliant-cut diamond mounted on yellow gold. The clutch exists in three colorful version: red, green or gold alligator skin. This minaudière is a big summer crush to brighten your day and night.

Which one’s your favorite ?

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Cactus Bag, Detacheable Brooch, Cartier.

The New York Companion by Harry Winston

Art Déco is calling: this very surprising black lacquer evening bag was unveiled in 2016 by Harry Winston. For this creation, the classic jewellery brand went out of its comfort zone, gathering gemstones, watch, bag and even a vanity accessory.

The New York Companion is made of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, emeralds, rubies and mother-of-pearl. The structured design is clearly inspired of the strict lines of the American big city with its buildings and avenues. The diamonds’ lines lead to the onyx emerald cut clasp, the iconic shape of Harry Winston.
Not only this clutch is a pure jewel, it also gives you the time: by switching the black layer on the side, you can discover an integrated timepiece. The secret watch is made of an onyx dial framed by a diamonds pave.
But Harry Winston didn’t stop there, a large mirror is included inside of the clutch made of mother-of-pearl marquetry.
As you understood, several crafts experts and long working hours were required to offer such a unique creation.

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The New York Companion, clutch by Harry Winston.

Haliades Evening Case by Van Cleef & Arpels
Once again, the French jeweler takes us on a magical trip, under the sea! Part of the Atlantide High Jewellery Collection, this Haliades case is made of white gold and platinum, set with “calibrés” gemstones. A beautiful blue sapphires and diamonds fish enjoy its swim in the emeralds seaweeds. As simple as that, and as poetic and fascinating! The diamonds bubbles give light and harmony to the relief drawing.

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Halaides Evening Clutch, Van Cleef & Arpels. 

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Aquarelle of Halaides Evening Clutch, by Karpov Sisters.

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