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PRECIOUS MOMENTS: With demand for extreme luxury continuing to bubble, word has it Cartier has a new line of precious bags in the works, featuring fabrics made by the historic Florentine weaver Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio. The foundation, which specializes in traditional techniques for hand-weaving silks and precious metals, is said to be developing a range of fabrics for the jeweler using different thicknesses of silver and gold thread to give a textured surface.

Meanwhile, Cartier recently presented its Sortilège de Cartier fine jewelry collection at a glitzy bash at the Villa Aurelia in Rome, with Monica Belucci and Fan Bing Bing in attendance. Comprised of 70 one-of-a-kind pieces, the collection centered on Mediterranean-flavored pieces designed to stimulate the olfactory senses, evoking flowers, fruits and herbal plants.

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Highlights include a multi-strand platinum necklace loaded with emeralds and diamonds, and a bracelet set in white gold with diamonds, pink sapphires, purple sapphires, boasting a detachable flower that can be worn as a brooch. The collection will travel, though destinations have not yet been finalized.

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