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The history of Cartier jewelry-pricecar

Cartier is perhaps best known for its jewellery and watches but has also carved successful niches in leather goods and fragrances. It joined the Richemont Group in 1988 and still lives by the motto of its original driving force, Louis Cartier: "Never imitate, always innovate".

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The history of Cartier jewelry-pricecar

Maison Cartier was founded in 1847 when 28-year-old Louis-François Cartier took over the boutique at 29 rue Montorgueil in Paris. In 1874 his son Alfred took over the business, at which point the company already enjoyed an excellent reputation. However, Alfred's three sons - Louis, Pierre, and Jacques - made Cartier a world-renowned jewellery brand. 

While Louis remained in charge of Paris, Jacques travelled to London in 1902 and only two years later received a Royal Warrant supplying jewels to King Edward VII and his court. Pierre went to New York where in 1917 he bought 653 Fifth Avenue for two strands of the finest pearls.


This prime property remains the flagship store to this day. Since then, the Maison has grown globally, evolving into what many consider to be the finest jewellery house in the world. 

Clients include kings, movie stars, and business tycoons. King Farouk of Egypt, the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Clark Gable visited Cartier to buy or make jewellery. Important Works and CollectionsArt DecoDuring the 1920s and 1930s, Cartier created objects in the Art Deco style, reinforced by Europe's fascination with the Far East. 

The history of Cartier jewelry-pricecar

High jewellery and more everyday objects such as minaudières, brooches, watches, cigarette cases, and settings are adorned with European and oriental shapes, which then become the signature motifs of the House's work.

These objects, made of unique and often rare materials, are examples of the modern style of the time. big catsIn 1914 the first "Big Cat" pattern appeared in the Cartier family with the Leopard Onyx wristwatch by the famous French designer Charles Jacqueau.


Over the years the original design has evolved into fully sculpted animals and the cat line has expanded to include the striped tiger and leopard. 

Promoted to Cartier's Jewelry Director in 1933, Jeanne Toussaint, a cat lover nicknamed "Panther" by Louis Cartier and associates, immediately assumed responsibility for overseeing the "Big Cat" creations. 

With the unique creativity of designer Peter Lemarchand, he has created a variety of jewels that have forever immortalized the cat theme in the context of Cartier creations.


After making the first three-dimensional panther in 1948 for the Duchess of Windsor, Cartier's famous clients regularly fall in love with jewellery. For example, Daisy Fellowes and Nina Dyer appropriated this new look. American heiress Barbara Hutton, a prominent rival of the Duchess of Windsor's style, was also known for her fondness for Jeanne Toussaint's tiger menagerie. 

During these hundred years of creation, Cartier's emblematic cats have undergone many variations, but are still considered a must-have for jewellery collectors. The new designs of the 80s and 90s only increased the demand for these rare and spectacular gemstones.


Tutti Frutti by Cartier Cartier has always been at the forefront of change and innovation. Jacques Cartier first visited India in 1911 and through his agents in Delhi, Calcutta and Bombay managed to acquire Indian rubies, sapphires, and emeralds with carved floral designs at moderate prices. 

The Parisian workshops assimilated the Indian creations into a new style of multi-jewel jewellery, far from the typical rigour of Art Deco jewels based solely on diamonds, which became known as the "tutti-frutti" style. The genre reached its peak with a stunning piece, Indian Collar, commissioned in 1936 by Daisy Fellowes, heiress to the Singer sewing machine.                                                  

Cartier Mystery clocks

mysterious Cartier watchesWhat's not to love when exceptional craftsmanship, timeless design, and a touch of magic come together? Maurice Couët, a young watchmaker at Cartier, was very inspired by the magical 19th-century watches of the famous illusionist Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, dubbed "Model A" for Maison in 1913.

The hands "float", the mechanism is not visible, and the magic trick of these watches fascinates both Cartier customers and sellers. Cartier masterpieces and great collectors.


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