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Cartier France Diamond Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
"Trinity" earrings, Made, signed and numbered by CARTIER France. 18K yellow gold, encrusted with approximately 2 3/4 cts. of brilliant white diamonds. 3/4" in diamet...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

1960's Cartier France Diamond and Sapphire Ring
By Cartier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring by Cartier France. The 1" x 1.5" sapphire and diamond ring made up of 1.10 cts of natural colored sapphires with 2.00 carats of round brilliant cut...
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Vintage 1960s Modernist Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Cartier France Concave Diamond Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite Concave wide ring by Cartier France, set with approx. 4.20ctw in diamonds. Ring is a size 4.5, ring top is 23mm wide. Marked: Cartier, 750, 48, 367674, French mark on the o...
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20th Century More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Cartier France Sterling Silver and Gold Case
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional art deco hinged case. Made and signed by CARTIER FRANCE. Sterling silver with an allover engine-turned pattern. The center is a wide panel of 18K rose gold, in a cross...
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Vintage 1910s Art Deco Boxes and Cases

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18k Gold, Rose Gold, Sterling Silver

Cartier, France Mid-Century Woven Gold Necklace of Twisted Design
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A mid-century woven gold wire necklace with twisted front, in 18k. Cartier, France. #N8435, #L9054. Maker's mark J.C. for Jacques Cartier.
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Vintage 1960s Modern More Necklaces

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier, France Mid-Century Gold and Gem-Set Hummingbird Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A mid-century clip brooch in the form of a hummingbird perched on a branch, the textured gold body and wing adorned with collet-set and prong-set diamonds, and with an emerald eye, i...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Brooches

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Diamond, Emerald, Gold

Cartier French 1995 Pave-Set Ruby Clip-On Earrings, 18k Gold with Paperwork
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Cartier French 1995 Pave-Set Ruby Clip-on Earrings made in 18 Karat White Gold. The total weight is 13.28 grams. The length is 2.2CM (0.86 inches). There is a Certificate f...
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20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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Ruby, 18k Gold

Cartier France 1960s Yellow Gold Diamond and Red Cabochon Stone Lion Brooch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960s Cartier France 18K yellow Gold Whimsical Lion Brooch, Measuring 1 3/8 inches X 1 3/4 inches. Hand Chased and detailed Gold work and set with Round Cabochon Red Glass ston...
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Vintage 1960s Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier French Vintage Diamond 18K Gold Floral Retro Double Clip Brooch Pin
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This Exquisite 1960's French-made vintage Cartier double brooches pins set are crafted in 18k yellow gold with leaf floral-inspired with textured handmade accents, They composed ...
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Vintage 1960s Retro Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier France Midcentury Gold Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pair Mid century 18k gold Cartier cufflinks, made in France. Top measure 16mm x 9mm. Marked with French gold assay marks, Cartier, serial number (faint, illegible to read). Weight - ...
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Mid-20th Century Cufflinks

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Gold

Cartier 'C De Cartier French Diamond Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This stunning authentic Cartier bracelet of French provenance is crafted in solid 18K white gold, composed of 21 artfully designed artier "C" motif flexible links, cumulatively adorn...
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1990s Art Deco Modern Bracelets

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier France Diamond 18 Karat Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Magnificently designed and exceptionally well handcrafted this unique 1970s bracelet has been fashioned to appear like a bed of feathers on the wrist. Literally thousands of fine han...
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Vintage 1970s More Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier France Malachite Lapis Gold Interchangeable Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Interchangeable 18k yellow gold French Cartier cufflinks set, featuring lapis and malachite top versions. Cufflink top measures 21mm x 6mm. Weight is 10.4 grams (gold cufflinks only,...
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20th Century Cufflinks

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18k Gold

Cartier France Diamond Black Onyx 18K Gold Wrist Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This delicate example of Cartier’s Watch designs radiate femininity and elegance Crafted in pure 18K yellow gold with an approx total weight of 26.0 grams. Featuring (56) round-cut...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold

Cartier French 18 Karat White Gold Classic Cable Chain Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Classic chain necklace that completes as a spring ring clasp With a safety chain for security And logo link stamped 750 for 18 karat gold Numbered and fully signed Cartier with Fr...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Chain Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier France Vintage Diamond 18 Karat Gold Whimsical Lion Brooch
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed as a whimsical lion with a stylized textured gold mane and other features Body is comprised of round glass cabochon, bezel set and brick red in color, measuring 4.0 mm to 3...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Brooches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier, France 45 Round Diamond and Gold 'Panther' Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18 kt., 45 round diamonds ap. .90 ct., signed Cartier, nos. 760868, 51, with maker's mark & French assay mark, ap. 7.3 dwts. Size 5 1/2. Diamonds: G-H-VS.
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Early 20th Century More Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier France Two-Band and Two Gold Ring, 1981
By Cartier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Cartier band "Wave" rings in white and yellow Gold. Two band rings with an undulating shape, one each of 18k yellow gold and 18k white gold, that nestle into a comfortable fit with o...
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Vintage 1980s Modernist Wedding Rings

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier French Etincelle, White & Vivid Yellow Diamond 3 row Bombe Hoop Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
This delicate collection exudes elegance and refined simplicity. Clean lines of paved diamonds create a look of timeless radiance - a pure, feminine style. 9 x Round brilliant cut ye...
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2010s Modern Dome Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier French “Maillon Panther” Diamond Gold Band Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An original piece from Cartier’s famed workshop in France. This is the Maillon Panther model, and it features 0.53 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. Set in 18k white gold and s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier French Paris Lg. Heart Diamond Paved Pendant Necklace in Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Designer: Cartier Metal: Yellow Gold Metal Purity: 18k Diamond Color: DEF Diamond Clarity: VVS Stones: 35 Round Diamonds Total Carat Weight: approx. 4 ct Total Item Weight (gr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier French Paris Large Heart Diamond Paved Pendant Necklace in Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Designer: Cartier Metal: Yellow Gold Metal Purity: 18k Diamond Color: DEF Diamond Clarity: VVS Stones: 35 Rou...
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Early 2000s Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

20th Century, Graduated Pair of Silver Mounted Glass Vases by Cartier, France
By Cartier
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The prestige of Cartier has spanned through the decades, its timeless designs have always encapsulated the mood and set the trends of each era. The solid silver rims of these vases b...
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20th Century French Pitchers

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Silver

Vintage Cartier France Louis Vintage Heavy Gold Plated Diamonds 55mm Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
In Excellent condition Cartier Louis Diamonds rounded sunglasses with 2 real diamonds on the side of the frame. Mauve gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the famous yello...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier French Three-Row Diamond Eternity 18 Karat Yellow Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Designer: Cartier Style: Eternity Band Ring Metal: Yellow Gold Metal Purity: 18k Stones: Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds Approximate Carat Weight: ~ 3.2 ct Total Item Weight (gram...
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20th Century Band Rings

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier French 6.57 CTW Diamond Emerald 18 Karat White Gold Panthere Bypass Ring
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bypass ring is designed as a stylized panther motif that wraps finger Pavè set throughout by round brilliant cut diamonds Weighing in total approximately 6.50 carats - E/F color wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Fashion Rings

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Emerald, Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier French Diamond Rock Crystal Quartz 18 Karat White Gold Myst De Bombay Ri
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bombè ring designed as domed rock crystal quartz atop pavè set round brilliant cut diamonds Quartz dome is transparent, colorless, and magnifies diamonds With high polished finish ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Cocktail Rings

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Crystal, Diamond, White Diamond, Quartz, Rock Crystal, Gold, 18k Gold, W...

Art Deco Jacques Cartier Horse Bookends Bronze Sculpture, c 1930, France
By Jacques Cartier
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Art Deco Jacques Cartier horse bookends bronze sculpture. c 1925 France. A stunning pair of art deco stylized bookends. Silvered plated bronze Art Deco horse bookends by Jacques Cart...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Marble, Bronze

Art Deco Bronze Tiger by Thomas Cartier, c1925
By Thomas Francois-Cartier
Located in Paddock Wood Tonbridge, GB
A bronze sculpture of a bronze tiger by Thomas Francois Cartier (French born 1879- 1943) mounted on an asymmetrical black marble and onyx base age related patina to bronze and base. ...
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

  • Art Deco Bronze Tiger by Thomas Cartier, c1925
  • Art Deco Bronze Tiger by Thomas Cartier, c1925
  • Art Deco Bronze Tiger by Thomas Cartier, c1925
  • Art Deco Bronze Tiger by Thomas Cartier, c1925
H 11.42 in. W 23.63 in. D 8.67 in.
Mid-Century Cartier GIA French Pear Cut Diamond 3 Stone Platinum Engagement Ring
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
One Mid Century Cartier GIA French Pear Cut Diamond Three Stone Platinum Engagement Ring. Featuring one GIA certified antique pear cut diamond of 0.80 carat, accompanied with certifi...
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Vintage 1950s Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock
By Cartier
Located in Antwerp, BE
Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock Movement: Quartz, Hand winding Dial: Large white dial with Roman numerals Case: Gilt metal case, height 65 mm x width...
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Vintage 1980s Artist Wrist Watches

Materials

Quartz, Enamel, Gilt Metal

  • Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock
  • Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock
  • Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock
  • Cartier Paris, French Quartz Quadrant Traveling Alarm Clock
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H 2.56 in. W 1.97 in. D 0.41 in.
Cartier Diamond Eternity Ring, French, circa 1980
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier diamond eternity ring. Set with seventy two round brilliant cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined approximate weight of 4.30 carats, to a smoothly conformi...
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Vintage 1980s Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Cartier Paris France Lapis Lazuli Gold Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A pair of 18k gold cufflinks featuring lapis, crafted by Cartier. Cufflink tops measure 15mm X 8.5mm. Marked Cartier, Paris, 010 CCO, French marks. Weight is 11 grams.
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20th Century Cufflinks

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Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond and Sapphire Three Stone Ring, French, circa 1950
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier diamond and sapphire three stone ring. Centrally set with a square step cut diamond, H-I colour, VVS2-VS1 clarity, with an approximate weight of 0.80 carats, in an open back ...
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Vintage 1950s Three-Stone Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Classic French Cartier 18k Gold Panthere Band
By Cartier
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This beautiful wide Cartier Panthere band is truly a classic and demonstrates one of the favorite motifs of founder Louis F. Cartier. With bold yellow gold shoulders and three prowli...
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Late 20th Century Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Vintage Cartier Ring Band 18k Gold Estate Jewelry French
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A classic Cartier vintage ring band made of 18k gold, diamond and lapis lazuli. The band has a dome looking shape. It is divided in two contrast halves by the gold line in the middl...
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Vintage 1970s Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

French Cast Bronze Sculpture of a Cat by F. Cartier
By Thomas Cartier
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A small patinated cast bronze sculpture of a cat by Thomas Cartier (1879-1943), Signed on front and back at base. 6.5 inches tall Born in Marseilles in February of 1879, Thomas Fra...
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Early 20th Century French Animal Sculptures

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Bronze

Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Brown Irish Linen
By Cartier
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Brown Irish Linen Pillow Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for he...
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Late 20th Century French Baroque Pillows and Throws

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Linen, Silk

Cartier emerald-cut diamond ring, French, circa 1935.
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier emerald-cut diamond ring. Set with an impressive square emerald-cut diamond, H colour, VVS2 clarity, with a weight of 4.68 carats in an open back claw setting, flanked by two...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Vintage Romance Vendome 61mm Platinum France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome Platinum sunglasses with G15 grey (uv protection)lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel with C...
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1980s Sunglasses

20th Century France Silver Mounted Glass Vase By Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The prestige of Cartier has spanned through the decades, its timeless designs have always encapsulated the mood and set the trends of each era. The solid silver rim of this vase bear...
Category

20th Century French Vases

Materials

Silver

Cartier Panthere 18K Gold 3 Row Trinity French Ring
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Maillon Panthere 18K Gold 3 Row Panther Cocktail Ring This outstanding example of Cartier's timelessness has a panther as the center of attention. 18K Yellow Gold Panthere ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Vintage Romance Santos 58mm Titanium France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Romance Santos Titanium sunglasses with grey gradient (uv protection)lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel w...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Vintage French Cut Sapphire Full Eternity Ring 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A Cartier Vintage French Cut Sapphire Full Eternity Ring 18 Karat Yellow Gold, circa 1950 A superb full eternity band, full set with calibré cut sapphires. The sapphires are a live...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Wedding Rings

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Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Sapphire and Diamond Jabot Pin, French, circa 1920
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier sapphire and diamond jabot pin. Set with two oval cabochon natural unenhanced sapphires in open back rubover settings with a combined approximate weight of 5.00 carats, surro...
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Vintage 1920s Brooches

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire

Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Irish Linen
By Cartier
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Brown Irish Linen Pillow Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for he...
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Late 20th Century French Baroque Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Striking French Cartier Mid-Century Gold Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Palm Beach, FL
These lovely French Cartier hoop earrings are crafted from 18k yellow gold and have a 1 3/16 inch outer diameter. The finely stippled finish is wrapped with a high polish belting t...
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Mid-20th Century Hoop Earrings

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Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Silverium & 18k Yellow Gold Hanging Panthere Pendant w/ French Hallmarks
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This Cartier pendant features a Silverium panther with 18k yellow gold accents hanging from an 18k yellow gold bale. Approximately 50mm long and 27mm wide. Numbered and signed "Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

20th Century France Silver Mounted Glass Vase By Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The prestige of Cartier has spanned through the decades, its timeless designs have always encapsulated the mood and set the trends of each era. The solid silver rim of this vase bear...
Category

20th Century French Pitchers

Materials

Silver

Cartier Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring, French, circa 1976
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier ruby, sapphire and diamond cocktail ring. Set with five octagonal emerald-cut diamonds in open back claw settings with a combined approximate weight of 1.00 carats, further s...
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Vintage 1970s Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, Platinum

Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Khaki Green Irish Linen
By Cartier
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for her unique idea and creations back in 2013 - featured in the likes of the Financial Times, and...
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Late 20th Century French Pillows and Throws

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Linen, Silk

New Vintage Cartier Soho Gold Rimless Brown Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1990 Cartier Soho unique rimless sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the honey brown ear ...
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1990s Sunglasses

Rare Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Designer Silk Scarf Red Gold Linen
By Cartier
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Title: Vintage Ruby Red Cartier Panther Silk Scarf with Irish Linen Cushion Pillow Description: Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notabili...
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Vintage Cartier Santos Screws 56mm Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Cartier Aviator Santos Sunglasses with Brown Gradient (uv protection) Lenses. Frame is with the famous screws on the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red e...
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1980s Sunglasses

Lapis Lazuli Cartier Travel Clock by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Norwich, GB
C A R T I E R Lapis Lazuli Cartier travel clock Rectangular strut frame with turned and ribbed chrome supports, Lapis Lazuli surrounding the chrome bezel outlining a painted ...
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Vintage 1970s French Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Lapis Lazuli

  • Lapis Lazuli Cartier Travel Clock by Cartier
  • Lapis Lazuli Cartier Travel Clock by Cartier
  • Lapis Lazuli Cartier Travel Clock by Cartier
  • Lapis Lazuli Cartier Travel Clock by Cartier
H 3.500 in. W 3.000 in. D 3.000 in.
New Cartier Rimless C Decor Precious Wood Full Set France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Original Cartier Sunglasses with wood temples and mauve gradient uv protection lenses. Frame with the front and sides in gold plated. All hallmarks. Cartier signs on the ...
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1980s Sunglasses

Vintage Cartier Salisbury Rimless Platine Grey Gradient Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Salisbury unique rimless sunglasses with Grey G15 (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in platine. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the ear paddles...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Cartier Rimless C Decor Precious Wood Full Set France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Original Cartier Sunglasses with wood temples and brown slightly mirrored uv protection lenses. Frame with the front and sides in gold. All hallmarks. Cartier signs on the ea...
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1980s Sunglasses

Vintage French Cartier Panther Bracelet Silk Scarf Blue Green Irish Linen Pillow
By Cartier
Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Katie Larmour Studio is the original vintage scarf pillow maker. Gaining notability for her unique idea and creations back in 2013 - featured in the likes of the Financial Times, and...
Category

Late 20th Century French Art Deco Pillows and Throws

Materials

Linen, Silk

Cartier Serrano Rimless Platine Ultra Light Brown Gradient France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Serrano unique rimless platine edition sunglasses with ultra light brown gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in special edition gold. All hal...
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1980s Sunglasses

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Cartier Biography and Important Works

For its extraordinary range of bracelets, watches, rings and other adornments, French luxury house Cartier is undeniably one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle inspired by medieval chastity belts that transformed fine jewelry.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.