Not many fine jewellery brands would make the punkish, pointed picot stud the central element of a key collection, but Cartier has a well-established knack for seeking inspiration from, and elevating, everyday forms and objects. First used in the brand’s creations in the early 20th century, the picot has become a Cartier signature and is one of the defining elements of its Clash jewellery collection.

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The picot stud was first used by Cartier in the early 20th century in creations such as this headpiece (left of image).

Comprising primarily picot studs, clou carre pyramidal studs and beads — many of which are held in place but able to swivel freely — the Clash de Cartier collection has been regularly updated with fresh elements since its launch in 2019. These touches have included coloured gemstones such as amazonite and extra-large new sizes, and greater articulation for increased suppleness.

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The latest Clash de Cartier collection sees the brand turning up the (literal and figurative) volume on its pieces. In several pieces, including a ring, a pair of earrings, a flexible bracelet and a necklace, the usual single row of clou carre studs has been doubled. The two rows of central studs add plenty of drama to these striking and sophisticated pieces.

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Lily Collins wearing Clash de Cartier pieces.

Elsewhere, contrasting textures are juxtaposed with voluminous forms. In an XL ring, bracelet, necklace and earrings, two rows of picot studs sandwich a gleaming row of pave diamonds. Prefer something a little less shiny? Check out the pieces accented with black onyx beads, which form a stark (thanks to their dark colour) yet soft (their roundness) contrast to the shiny rose gold of the studs. If only all types of clashes were this fun.

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