CARTIER PAYS TRIBUTE TO MARÍA FÉLIX’S CROCODILE MASTERPIECE
She was the sex siren of Spanish language film and during her career Mexican movie star Maria Félix started in 47 films gaining her the title " the supreme goddess of Spanish language cinema” yet it is her passion and devotion to crocodiles and her Cartier jewelry that Maria Félix will be remember for.
It is regarded as one of Cartier's most legendary pieces of high jewelry. Commissioned in 1975 the necklace of two fully articulated crocodiles, one crafted in 18-karat yellow gold and meticulously set with more than 1,000 brilliant-cut fancy intense yellow diamonds weighing 60.02 carats. The second crocodile sculpted in 18-karat white gold set with 1,060 emeralds totaling 66.86 carats adorned the neck of Maria Félix for years to come before Cartier added it to its Collection of exquisite historic jewels.
Fast forward over 40 years and the artisan sculptor behind this historic design are casting their magic spell again with the release of a high-jewelry Maria Felix collection.
The four pieces based around 14 cabochon-cut emeralds from Colombia totaling 46.45 carats comprise this tribute-include drop earrings, a bracelet and ring wherein the crocodile’s body wraps around the wrist or finger, and a necklace.