Brands We Love: Cartier
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.
|Hindu necklace commissioned by Daisy Fellowes in 1936. Nicknamed "Tutti Frutti."
|Panther clip brooch sold to the Duchess of Windsor in 1949.
|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
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