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Cartier Himalia Diamond Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Boston, MA
Instantly recognizable as Cartier, this Himalia bracelet features an effortlessly modern circular design throughout. Individual 18k yellow gold circlets are set with the finest Carti...
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2010s Link Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Himalia Diamond Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Boston, MA
Instantly recognizable as Cartier, these Himalia earrings feature an effortlessly modern circular design throughout. Individual 18k yellow gold circlets are set with the finest Carti...
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2010s Link Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond Double Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
These fabulous earrings by Cartier feature a double hoop design set with round brilliant cut diamonds and are crafted in 18k yellow gold. These come with their original Cartier box....
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1990s Dangle Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Draperie Diamond Gold Chandelier Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Elegant diamond and 18K yellow gold chandelier earrings from the "Draperie" collection by Cartier. They feature high grade round brilliant cut diamonds. Beautifully made and translat...
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1990s Chandelier Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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W .38 in. L 2.38 in.
Cartier Emerald Diamond Platinum Alligator Ring
By Cartier
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
CARTIER Alligator Ring in platinum, round-cut diamonds (approximately 4,5 carats) and emerald eyes. 1980-1990. Signed and Numbered. Ring size 53 (French size). 6,5 (US size) (39.15...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Cartier Lanieres Allongee 18 Karat Gold Diamond Case Quartz Watch W15364W3
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Cartier Lanieres Allongee 18K White Gold Diamond Case Quartz Watch •MODEL NO: W15364W3 •REFERENCE NO: 2544 •MOVEMENT: QUARTZ BATTERY •CASE MATERIAL: SOLID 18K WHITE GOLD •CONDITION:...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Art Deco Cartier Rock Crystal Pendant Necklace Magnifier in Platinum and Diamond
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classy Art Deco pendant on a black satin cord created by Cartier in the 1920s. Understated, elegant, wearable and timeless, the necklace is a great addition to your jewelry collectio...
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Antique Early 19th Century Art Deco More Necklaces

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Rock Crystal, Diamond, Platinum

Cartier 1930 Business Card Box Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
CARTIER 1930 card box in striped 14K yellow gold, cabochon sapphire and diamonds measuring 8,6 x 6 x 0,7cm (71.95 grams)
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Vintage 1930s Boxes and Cases

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Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold

Cartier 1930 Business Card Box Yellow Gold
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W 2.37 in. D 0.28 in. L 3.39 in.
Cartier Diamond Line Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic straight line bracelet, masterfully hand-crafted by Cartier from ca. 1948. The platinum bracelet has 39 perfectly matched bright white and sparkly round cut diamonds bead set...
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Vintage 1940s Tennis Bracelets

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Diamond, Platinum

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W 0.33 in. L 6.5 in.
Cartier Platinum Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
This Cartier Platinum Diamond Ring is a fun twist on a classic diamond ring. The ring is made with Platinum and is set with four round-cut diamonds in a pretty motif. The diamond mot...
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21st Century and Contemporary More Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Flower Diamond Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A chic set of Cartier hoop earrings featuring a clip on design set with 4 round brilliant cut diamonds in a floral motif in 18k yellow gold.
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier .30 Carat E VS1 Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic diamond and platinum engagement ring by Cartier. It features high grade round brilliant cut diamonds throughout the sides with a .30ct central stone, E color, VS1 clarity, a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Ballerine .45 Carat F VVS1 Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic diamond and platinum engagement ring from the Ballerine collection, by Cartier. It features high grade round brilliant cut diamonds with a 0.45 .ct central stone, along with ...
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Late 20th Century Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Love "Noubelle Vague Etincelle" Diamond Ring in 18 K White Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Signed Cartier "Noubelle Vague" diamond ring in 18 carat white gold. This collection exudes elegance and design simplicity. 10 round brilliant cut diamonds, approximate total weight...
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2010s Modern More Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Tri Color Gold and 5 Diamond Ring 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in Scarsdale, NY
Cartier Tri Color Gold And 5 Diamond Ring 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Size 5 1/2 One of the ring has 5 round diamonds. Color of the rings are not very distinctly different from each other...
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2010s Band Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthere White Diamond Link & Chain-Style Wedding Band with Paperwork
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A Cartier Panthere Link White Diamond Wedding Band made in 18K White Gold. Total Weight: 12.49 grams. Ring Size US 7. Paperwork Available: Cartier Receipt.
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20th Century Wedding Rings

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White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Classic Trinity Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
This Ring by Cartier is from their Trinity collection and features 432 round brilliant cut Diamonds of 2.98ct total colour E-F, clarity VVS mounted in 18k Yellow, White & Rose Gold i...
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2010s Modern Band Rings

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

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Gold Wave Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A fabulous authentic Van Cleef & Arpels wave style ring set with 66 of the finest Van Cleef & Arpels round brilliant cut diamonds in 18k white gold. Dimensions: The ring has a width...
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Early 2000s Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Gold and Diamonds Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful gold 18K and diamonds Cartier ring, tin his original box. Signed The size is 53.5 or 6.5 US. Sizeable
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Early 2000s Fashion Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Gold and Diamond Cartier Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Very handsome cufflinks. Made and signed by CARTIER. Half of the top surface is matt finish; the other half is shiny finish. There is a diamond in the center. 3/4" in diameter. ...
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Vintage 1930s Cufflinks

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Diamond, 14k Gold

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Gold and Diamond Cartier Band
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful three-stone vintage ring. Made and signed by CARTIER. Very heavy gauge 14K yellow gold; set with three perfectly matched brilliant diamonds, each approximately .25 ct. S...
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Vintage 1930s Band Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Cartier Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A luminous ring by Cartier crafted in 18k yellow gold with several clusters of round cut diamonds throughout. Signed Cartier. size 55 Condition: Good - Previously owned and gently wo...
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1990s Dome Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k yellow gold diamond bracelet signed Cartier. circa 1980's diamond weighing approx. 35 cts. dimensions approx. 7" long x 1.20" wide
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Vintage 1980s Modern Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier "Panthère de Cartier" Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier! "Panthère de Cartier" classic timepiece with quartz movement, is designed with a square shaped dial encrusted with and surrounded by rows of brilliant cut round diamonds. ...
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Late 20th Century Artist Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Necklace
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Timeless Cartier Diamond Necklace! 18k gold cable chain with brilliant shape center diamond with Cartier provenance documentation. Weight: 2.14 carat Color: F Clarity: VS Make...
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Vintage 1980s Artist Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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L 24 in.
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

Cartier Diamond Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic pave set diamond link bracelet by CARTIER. With 425 fine quality diamonds set in 18k gold with approximate total weight of 8.5 carats. Length of the bracelet is 7 inches Sign...
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Late 20th Century Artist Link Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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L 7 in.
Cartier Diamond Feather Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
The playful energy of this mid-20th century Cartier platinum brooch, pavé-set with an array of diamonds in brilliant- and baguette-cuts, was designed with a free and spirited hand. I...
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Vintage 1950s Brooches

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White Diamond, Diamond, Platinum

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W 1.75 in. L 2.63 in.
Cartier Diamond Gold 'C de Cartier' Choker Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Newcastle Upon Tyne, GB
From the C de Cartier collection, this choker necklace features links in the style of the famous Cartier 'C' motif. The front 11 links are set with brilliant-cut diamonds of VVS1 cla...
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Late 20th Century Modern Choker Necklaces

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Diamond, Gold

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W 0.79 in. L 15.36 in.
Cartier Diamond Link Necklace
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER Diamond Link Necklace in 18k Yellow and White Gold. A weighty yet wearable link chain by Cartier dating from the 1980s. This vintage necklace features solid circular rims of ...
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Vintage 1980s Chain Necklaces

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Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Platinum Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Platinum bracelet, set with brilliant-cut diamonds connected by knife-edge linking, length approximately 7.5 inches and 1 1/4 inches wide, signed Cartier, French assay. Circa 1990s
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1990s More Bracelets

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White Diamond, Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Diamond Trinity Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18 white and yellow gold trinity band, RBC diamonds weighing approx. 1.70 cts GH VS, engraved Cartier 750 54 CRD 351395 ring size 6, weight 8.4 dwt. with original box.
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20th Century More Rings

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Diamond

Cartier Sauvage Diamonds Ring
By Cartier
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Beautiful Cartier Ring, made in 1999. Yellow gold 18k. 3 carats of diamonds. Ring size 50 or 5.25 USA. Signed with numbers and year. 12.10 grams
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1990s Band Rings

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Diamond

Cartier Diamond Platinum Brooch
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A spiraling brooch presented by Cartier. This platinum set brooch features approximately 11.00 carats of top-grade VVS/D-E quality round and baguette cut diamonds. A brooch for someo...
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20th Century Brooches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Cartier White Gold Diamond C de Cartier Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Cartier C de Cartier line bracelet made in 18 karat white gold. The bracelet features 52 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of approximately 1.50 cts. CIRCA ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tennis Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Trinity de Cartier Diamond Engagement Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 18k tri-colour gold diamond ring from the Trinity de Cartier collection. The ring is set to the centre with a 0.32ct round brilliant cut diamond, D colour and VVS2 in clarity. The...
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21st Century and Contemporary Engagement Rings

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

Cartier Diamond Love Ring
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Material: 18k White Gold Diamond Details: Approximately 0.22ctw round brilliant diamonds. Diamonds are G/H in color and VS in clarity. Ring Size: 7.75 (can be sized) Total Weight: 9....
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21st Century and Contemporary Band Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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H 0.80 in. W 0.25 in. L 0.80 in.
Cartier Colored Diamond Necklace
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Designed as a graduated line of fifty oval-cut diamonds of various brown, orange and yellow hues, centering upon an oval brilliant-cut fancy deep brown-orange diamond, weighing appro...
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Vintage 1980s More Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier C Heart Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An iconic 18k white gold Cartier ring from the Hearts and Symbols collection. The 6 signature 'double C's' are joined to form small open work heart motifs, set to the centre with a s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern More Rings

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Diamond

Cartier Diamond Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A pair of 18k gold earrings design as five rows of navette-shaped links, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, signed Cartier, French hallmarks. Dimensions approx. 2 1/2″ x 3/4″
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Vintage 1980s Dangle Earrings

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Diamond

Cartier Diamond Love Ring
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Cartier Material: 18k white gold Ring Size: Cartier size 48 Ring Measurements: 0.75″ x 0.21″ x 0.75″ Total Weight: 8.1g (5.2dwt) Additional Details: This item comes with a pre...
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Early 2000s Band Rings

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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H .21 in. W 0.75 in. L 0.75 in.
Cartier Platinum Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Platinum Cartier ring, with center approx. 1.72ct diamond, surrounded with baguette diamonds. Ring size - 6, ring top is 15mm wide. Marked: Cartier. Weight - 23.4 grams.
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20th Century More Rings

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Diamond, Emerald Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER Diamond, Emerald Earrings A pair of platinum earrings, set with round diamonds and emerald. Diamond weight approx. 3.60 carats total and emerald weight approx. 4.15 cts. tot...
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Vintage 1980s Stud Earrings

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Cartier Platinum Diamond Pin
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Signed Cartier platinum pin with round cut brilliant diamonds.
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Vintage 1920s More Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

7.64 Carat Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Cartier Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Exquisite Cartier Brooch from 1950's, finely crafted in platinum with natural, cushion cut, Burmese sapphire weighing 7.64 carat with no indications of heat treatment. The center Sap...
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Vintage 1950s Brooches

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Cartier Diamond Platinum Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER Diamond Platinum Bracelet. Diamond weighs approx, 12-14 cts. total E-F VS Dimensions approx. 7.25″ long x 0.70″ width Numbered and Signed “CARTIER PARIS”; circa 1930s
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco More Bracelets

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Diamond Drop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Princeton, NJ
18kt Cartier diamond drop earrings. There are 40 diamonds aprx. .50 carats in total weight. The earrings are stamped Cartier, Paris, & 750. Beautiful modern earrings for the person o...
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Early 2000s Modern Drop Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Bombe Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Comprising a resplendent ring by Cartier crafted in 18k yellow gold set with a myriad of lustrous round brilliant-cut diamonds throughout a dome-shaped design. Diamond weight approx....
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Vintage 1980s Dome Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Dome Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An exquisitely stylish ring by Cartier, finely crafted in a dome-shaped design, comprised of 18k gold featuring brilliant diamond accents. Size 5 Signed Cartier.
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Late 20th Century Dome Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Eternity Band
By Cartier
Located in Addison, TX
ÉTINCELLE DE CARTIER WEDDING BAND Étincelle de Cartier wedding band, 18K yellow gold, set with 50 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.22 carats. 1.55 mm wide Size 6.5 This is also per...
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2010s Modern Band Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

18 Karat White and Yellow Gold Diamonds Cartier Bangle
By Cartier
Located in Rome, IT
18 kt. white and yellow gold bangle with 0.20 carat of round-cut diamonds. This modern bangle is signed by Cartier and comes with the original red Cartier pouch. The size is adjustable.
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Vintage 1980s Modern Bangles

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond Onyx Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Cartier diamond band ring in 18k gold, designed in the 'Panthere' motif with polished onyx striped accents amongst collection quality brilliant-cut diamonds. Size 4 1/2. S...
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1990s Band Rings

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Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold

CARTIER Diamond Heart Drop
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Sparkling diamond 18K white gold figural heart drop. Signed and numbered by Cartier. 1.30cts of full- cut brillant white diamonds. On original 15" black silk cord. This petite and ...
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1990s Drop Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An elegant french Cartier ladies watch from the 1990s, thoroughly embellished with brilliant diamonds, crafted with a rectangular dial, set in 18k white gold.
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier 1930s Diamond Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER 1930s Diamond Brooch An art deco 18k gold and platinum brooch, designed as three leaves, set with cushion-shaped and round diamonds. Large diamond weight is approx. 1.0 ct. ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Platinum

Cartier Diamond Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Bold diamond and 18k yellow gold earrings by Cartier. They feature high grade round brilliant cut diamonds throughout over an 18K gold setting, approx. 5-6 carats. Beautifully made a...
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Late 20th Century Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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W 1 in. L 1 in.
Cartier Ring diamond "Serpentine".
By Cartier
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
CARTIER convex ring in white gold, Snake Skin pattern, paved with diamonds. Signed and numbered. (30,55 grs) Diamond : 7.80 carats Quality color F, clarity VVS.
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21st Century and Contemporary Dome Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Gold Diamond Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Signed Cartier 18k yellow gold brooch with 2.00 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds.
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Vintage 1940s Brooches

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Trinity de Cartier Diamond Multicolor Gold Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Multi Color Gold Trinity 3.73ct Diamond Necklace by Cartier. Part of Cartier's stunning Trinity de Cartier collection. With 738 round brilliant cut diamonds VVS1 clarity, E c...
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Early 2000s Choker Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Gold Necklace
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A simple, elegant Cartier diamond necklace in 18k gold; designed two rows of elliptical hoops intermittently set with brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 4.6 carats. Measur...
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Late 20th Century Link Necklaces

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Diamond, 18k Gold

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Diamond Cartier For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the diamond cartier you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and Yellow Gold. Find an antique version now, or shop for 5246 vintage or 3447 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. If you’re looking for a diamond cartier from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. As it relates to this specific piece, our collection includes designs that are universally popular, but .5 Carat and 1 Carat carat weights, specifically, are sought with frequency. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also brilliant cut cut and mixed cut cut versions available here, too. Finding a diamond cartier for sale for women should be easy, but there are 2236 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Diamond Cartier?

On average, a diamond cartier at 1stDibs sells for $10,064, while they’re typically $499 on the low end and $1,550,000 for the highest priced versions of this item.

cartier Biography and Important Works

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 reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.

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. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

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