By  on February 17, 2009

As part of this year’s celebration of 100 years of conducting business in North America, Cartier will launch a new Trinity collection Wednesday on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway.

The Trinity ring was originally conceived in 1924 and has since become one of Cartier’s signature pieces, in addition to the Love bracelet and the Tank watch. With influential wearers over the years such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Cocteau, David Bowie and Madonna, the ring is made of three interlocking rings of white, rose and yellow gold representing friendship, love and fidelity, respectively.

The new line is divided into two subcollections. The first, called Trinity 100 Collection to celebrate Cartier’s centennial, comprises three-ringed bracelets, earrings and rings accented with diamond stars and launches this month in Cartier boutiques. Retail prices start at about $1,700. In April, a more comprehensive collection will debut, featuring an oversize bracelet with pavé diamonds and chain necklaces. Prices for these start at about $850.

“[Cartier] has accomplished so much in the last 100 years, imagine what the next 100 years will bring,” said Frédéric de Narp, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America. “We are celebratingthe Cartier centennial in America with diamond stars for the stars of America.”

Debuting the jewelry on Lim’s rock ’n’ roll-themed fall collection is Cartier’s attempt to celebrate its past, while moving into the future. Lim became acquainted with the brand through its charity initiatives a few years back and ever since has begun adding pieces to his personal collection.

“I have always loved Cartier,” said Lim. “My favorite piece of jewelry is a Love bracelet that I have been wearing for 14 years now and I never take it off. For me, it is always about the combination of design, materials and taste. I also look for brands that have strong, consistent value and heritage.”

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