"Throughout history, nature has been a source of inspiration for jewelry designers particularly the scarab beetle, worn as ornamental art since the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. It is Cartier’s unique twist to recreate nature using valueless images of lavish jewelry. She heightens the viewer’s experience of nature through the artifice of opulence, materialism, and our perceptions of beauty. For this installation, Cartier has also created a tiled background using similar techniques albeit printed wallpaper. The tile patterns are based on her great grandmother’s home in Hasbaya, Southern Lebanon." - Leah Douglas