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Brands We Love: Cartier

on Mar 12, 2015 2:12 PM

Name: Société Cartier

Established: 1847 by Louis-François Cartier

Big Break: Early 1900s - Grandsons Louis, Pierre and Jacques set their sights worldwide

Signature Style: Unique, feminine, aesthetic perfection, craftsmanship, elegance, quality and excellence

Latest Design: Clé de Cartier (Available in April)

Perfect For: The worldwide traveler who appreciates exotic culture

Perhaps most famous for its excellence in watchmaking, Cartier has long been the preferred jeweler of royal families worldwide. The Maison has crafted pieces for everyone from King Edward VII to Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Recently, Cartier held the spotlight during the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, as Princess Kate wore a Cartier tiara down the aisle.

Even today, Cartier jewelry continues to be inspired by its storied past, including motifs of panthers, various flora and fauna, and influences from Indian culture. When you wear a Cartier piece, you know it has been handcrafted with the highest standards of excellence and a wealth of artistic inspiration.

Here are some of Cartier's most iconic pieces. Please, try not to drool.

Cartier Hindu Necklace Cartier Panther Clip Brooch
Hindu necklace commissioned by Daisy Fellowes in 1936. Nicknamed "Tutti Frutti." Panther clip brooch sold to the Duchess of Windsor in 1949.
Cartier Crocodiles Necklace Cartier-Panther-Pattern-Wristwatch
Crocodiles necklace commissioned by María Félix in 1975. Panther-pattern wristwatch. Cartier's first use of the "panther-skin" motif in 1914.

Photo source: Cartier

 

Read more about the Cartier exhibition on display at the Denver Art Museum and our Jewelers Mutual experience sharing our love of jewelry at the Art of Brilliance event. 

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