Above: Setting the scene – we took countless boat rides and ended up on either beautiful islands or majestic estates.
Below: The site of the jewelry presentation (with over 400 striking pieces) was in a residence with sprawling gardens that led right out to the sea. With all the sapphires (including this head-turner of a piece), emeralds, rubies, onyx, coral, and diamonds (and more!) in one place, I walked through the rooms almost in a daze.
Leave it to Cartier to pull off a surprise helicopter adventure that took us to the top of a mountain where there was champagne and sweets waiting for us, all without a hitch. This was actually my first time in a helicopter and I couldn't have asked for a better way to see the scenery (and stalk the STUNNING homes in the area from the air).
When you think it couldn't possibly get any dreamier, it does. Because a vintage Citroën DS ride to Picasso's last residence where the sun is setting perfectly over the hills is more picturesque than anything I could conjure up in my wildest imagination. I hate to sound braggy, but my god, there's no other way to talk about this setting.
It's truly a treat to experience the level of attention and detail that a house like Cartier puts into everything they do. A big 'Merci' to them for the incredible memories and inspiring adventure.