MAKER SPOTLIGHT

CARTIER

A Family Legacy

Louis-François Cartier founded his namesake firm in Paris in 1847, but it was his grandsons Louis, Pierre and Jacques who expanded it worldwide and established the Cartier design codes still coveted today. Louis oversaw the original Paris boutique while Jacques opened the London branch and Pierre managed New York. Through their combined efforts the company grew into an international brand selling to European and Russian royalty, Indian maharajahs and American business titans. With their motto “Never copy, only create” they complemented each other in business expertise, design innovation and gem knowledge.

Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite
Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite

Cartier London Sapphire and Diamond Suite

Cartier Dove Bracelet
Cartier Dove Bracelet
Cartier Dove Bracelet
Cartier Dove Bracelet
Cartier Dove Bracelet

Cartier Dove Bracelet






The brothers ensured that Cartier was at the forefront of the most important design movements of the 20th century, from the grandeur of Art Deco to the restraint of 1970s minimalism. Early successes, like the Santos (1904) and Tank (1917) watches were directly inspired by the experiences of the brothers and their circle. The idea for the Trinity ring (1924) was suggested by friend Jean Cocteau and in 1948 the Duchess of Windsor, working with design director Jeanne Toussaint, revisited a motif first used on a watch in 1914 to create one of the world’s most famous jewels, her cabochon sapphire and diamond Panther brooch. The Duke and Duchess would go on to purchase six additional panthers, helping to make it one of the house’s enduring icons, consistently reimagined and updated for modern tastes.

The brothers ensured that Cartier was at the forefront of the most important design movements of the 20th century, from the grandeur of Art Deco to the restraint of 1970s minimalism. Early successes, like the Santos (1904) and Tank (1917) watches were directly inspired by the experiences of the brothers and their circle. The idea for the Trinity ring (1924) was suggested by friend Jean Cocteau and in 1948 the Duchess of Windsor, working with design director Jeanne Toussaint, revisited a motif first used on a watch in 1914 to create one of the world’s most famous jewels, her cabochon sapphire and diamond Panther brooch. The Duke and Duchess would go on to purchase six additional panthers, helping to make it one of the house’s enduring icons, consistently reimagined and updated for modern tastes.

Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips

Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips

Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace

Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips
Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips

Cartier 18k Gold and Diamond Walking Elephant Ear Clips

Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace
Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace

Cartier Maillon Panthère 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond 5 Row Necklace

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Earrings




In the 1960s and 70s as styles changed and fashions relaxed, Cartier created some of their most popular jewelry collections.  The clean, androgynous style of Juste un Clou, Love and Bamboo captured the rebellious spirit of the time and offered chic women and men fine jewelry to wear for all occasions and times of day.
 
With timeless style and unparalleled craftsmanship that has attracted both artists and aristocracy alike, Cartier continues to push the bounds of design as it pays homage to its own enduring legacy.

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold "Himalia" Earrings

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold "Himalia" Bracelet

In the 1960s and 70s as styles changed and fashions relaxed, Cartier created some of their most popular jewelry collections.  The clean, androgynous style of Juste un Clou, Love and Bamboo captured the rebellious spirit of the time and offered chic women and men fine jewelry to wear for all occasions and times of day.
 
With timeless style and unparalleled craftsmanship that has attracted both artists and aristocracy alike, Cartier continues to push the bounds of design as it pays homage to its own enduring legacy.

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold "Himalia" Earrings

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold
Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold

Cartier Diamond and 18K Gold "Himalia" Bracelet