Cartier – Panther Brooches & Pins

Cartier – Panther Brooches & Pins

The mere mention of the name Cartier when it comes to jewellery indicates nothing but the finest craftsmanship, quality, elegance and exquisite designs.

Cartier was founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-Grancois Cartier.

Cartier supply jewellery worldwide and make women (at least the one writing this) go weak at the knees when looking at the stunning creations.

The Cartier panther was introduced in 1914, Cartier’s iconic feline has been sought after by royalty, models and trendsetters and has become an icon for the famous jeweller.

The panther has been made into bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more.  The panther is also shown in a number of moods due to the craftsmanship.

In various pieces the Panther can look angry, shy and even ready to pounce.

It was the founder’s grandson Louis Cartier who grew the brand to make it a known brand worldwide and a leader in luxury.  Louis Cartier commissioned French painter George Barbier to draw a lady with jewels and a panther. The artwork was later used in advertising.

This was the start of the popularity of the panther with the first panther product being a wristwatch with a spotted design to resemble fur. The jewellers developed a unique system for setting stones in tiny folded wires of precious metal to give the impression of fur.

Silver, Marcasite, Black Onyx, Enamel and Pearl Brooch from the 1930’s

Relaxed Brooch.

A playful Panther.

Platinum, Diamond, Black Onyx & Emerald Pin – 1920’s.

Gold & Black Onyx

Brooch – White Gold, Indigolite, Tourmaline, Opal, Onyx, Sapphire, Emeralds and Diamonds.

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