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Mint Vintage Cartier Louis Vendome Medium 53mm France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Original 1983 Cartier Louis Cartier Vendome sunglasses with new honey brown lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold and the famous Vendome accents. All h...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome 54MM France 18k Gold Plated Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome sunglasses with solid brown (uv protection)lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cart...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome 56MM France 18k Gold Plated Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome sunglasses with solid brown (uv protection)lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cart...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Vintage Madison Classic Special Gold 50 Mm Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Madison unique rimless sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame with special details on the front and sides in gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Montaigne Half Frame 55mm Sunglasses 18k Gold Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1983 Cartier Montaigne Vendome sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the ...
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1980s Sunglasses

Vintage Cartier Vendome Titanium 59 Grey Lens Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Aviator Vendome 59MM titanium sunglasses with grey (uv protection) Lenses. Frame is with the famous Vendome stripes on the front and sides in yellow and white gold. ...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Cartier Condotti Rimless Gold 55mm Brown Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Condotti unique rimless sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the black ear paddles. ...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Laque de Chine Aviator Gold 62Mm Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Laque de Chine Heavy plated gold sunglasses with rose (uv protection) Lenses. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cartier gold signs on the ear paddles. ...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Cartier Santos Screws 1983 59mm 18K Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! 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 h...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Vintage Cartier Romance Santos 61MM Full Set France 18k Gold Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Vintage Cartier Romance Santos sunglasses with the light brown Cartier (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel ...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Cartier Laque de Chine Aviator Gold 56Mm Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Laque de Chine Heavy plated gold sunglasses with brown gradient (uv protection) Lenses. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cartier gold signs on the ear...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Vintage Cartier Demilune Vendome Medium Reading France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Original 1983 Cartier Demilune Cartier Vendome sunglasses with new honey brown lenses. Very comfortable as reading glasses. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cartier gold signs on the b...
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1990s Sunglasses

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

Cartier Montaigne Half Frame 57mm Sunglasses 18k Gold Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1983 Cartier Montaigne Vendome sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the ...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Vintage Louis Sapphire 57mm Heavy Gold Plated Sunglasses, France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier "Louis " rounded sunglasses with 2 real sapphires on the side of the frame. Blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the famous yellow and white gold accents o...
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1980s Sunglasses

Vintage Cartier Saturne Gold Plated Solid Brown Lens France 1990 Sunglasse
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
1990 Cartier Saturne Sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the ear paddles. These are like a pair of jewels on your nose. Please notice...
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1990s Sunglasses

New Cartier Diabolo Gold & Black 53mm 24k Gold Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1991 Original Cartier Diabolo Art Deco Sunglasses with spotless amazing brown gold mirrored (uv protection). Frame has the famous real gold and white gold accents in the mi...
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1980s Sunglasses

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. Blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the famous yellow...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Laque de Chine Aviator Gold 59Mm Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Laque de Chine Heavy plated gold sunglasses with rose (uv protection) Lenses. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cartier gold signs on the ear paddles. ...
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1980s Sunglasses

New Cartier Vendome Gold 59Mm Brown Lens Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Vendome 59MM Heavy plated gold sunglasses with brown solid (uv protection) Lenses. Frame is with the famous Vendome stripes on the front and sides i...
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1980s Sunglasses

Cartier Vintage Saturne 51MM Platine Solid Grey Lens France Sunglasses, 1990
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
1990 Cartier Saturne Sunglasses with grey (uv protection) lenses. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the ear paddles. These are like a pair of jewels on your nose. Please noti...
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1990s Sunglasses

New Cartier Santos Screws Titanium 62Mm Grey Lens Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New from 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Santos 59Mm Titanium Sunglasses with dark grey (uv protection) Lenses. Frame is with the famous screws on the front and sides in yellow and white go...
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1980s Sunglasses

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

  • Striking French Cartier Mid-Century Gold Hoop Earrings
  • Striking French Cartier Mid-Century Gold Hoop Earrings
  • Striking French Cartier Mid-Century Gold Hoop Earrings
  • Striking French Cartier Mid-Century Gold Hoop Earrings
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W 1.19 in. D .50 in. L 1.19 in.
Cartier Pen, France 1990s
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A substantial vintage two-tone Santos de Cartier ballpoint pen in a brushed metal steel and a golden-finish. Cartier engraved near ballpoint on gold metal as show in image. Cartier d...
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1990s French Inkwells

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Metal

  • Cartier Pen, France 1990s
  • Cartier Pen, France 1990s
  • Cartier Pen, France 1990s
  • Cartier Pen, France 1990s
H 5.5 in. Dm 0.63 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

Vintage French Cartier Diamond 18 Karat Gold Chain Link Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
You'll find that everything about this Vintage Cartier Diamond 18k Gold Chain Link Bracelet is perfect. It's vintage, timeless & classic, wonderful for everyday wear, and would be an...
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Vintage 1970s Link Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Classic French Cartier Pearl Bracelet with Removable Brooch and Diamonds
By Cartier
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Created by hand in the mid-20th century, this wonderful cocktail bracelet has at its center a signed Cartier diamond clip flanked by six rows of fine Akoya cultured pearls ranging in...
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Mid-20th Century Retro More Bracelets

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Pearl, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

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...
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Pillows and Throws

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Linen, Silk

Cartier 'Panthère' Diamond Necklace, French
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic Cartier Gold and Diamond 'Panthère' Necklace, France Composed of five rows of gold bar links encrusted with round diamonds approximately 25 carats Signed Cartier, no. xxxxxx...
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Early 20th Century Artist Link Necklaces

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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 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

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Gold, Diamond and Sapphire Eyeglasses, France
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier gold, diamond and sapphire eyeglasses The gold frames accented on the top and center with round diamonds, further highlighted with square and calibré-cut sapphires, the sides...
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Late 20th Century More Objets d'Art and Vertu

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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

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier France Diamond Gold Trinity Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic elegant "Trinity" earrings. Made, signed and numbered by CARTIER France. 18K yellow gold, encrusted with approximately 2.75 cts. of brilliant white diamonds. 3/4...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Vintage Panthère de Cartier Refillable Container, France, 1970s
By Cartier
Located in Barcelona, ES
Elegant and decorative vintage Panthère de Cartier refillable body cream container.
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Decorative Boxes

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Acrylic

Cartier France Malachite Lapis Gold Interchangeable Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
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 Midcentury Diamond Gold Brooch Pin
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Mid Century 18k gold Cartier brooch, with movable elements, with approx. 1.80ctw in diamonds. Brooch measures 60mm x 45mm. Marked: Cartier 18k, made in France, French marks. Weight -...
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Mid-20th Century Brooches

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Trinity Three-Color Gold Ring, France
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Weight: 4.8 gr Metal: 18kt yellow, white, rose gold Signature: Cartier Paris 750 Ring size: 51 - 5 ½ - L Condition: Very Good Hallmarks: French, eagle’s head and maker’s ...
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1990s Band Rings

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18k Gold, Gold

  • Cartier Trinity Three-Color Gold Ring, France
  • Cartier Trinity Three-Color Gold Ring, France
  • Cartier Trinity Three-Color Gold Ring, France
  • Cartier Trinity Three-Color Gold Ring, France
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H 0.75 in. D 0.75 in.
Cartier Diamond Monogram Pocket Watch, France, 1900s
By Cartier
Located in Idar-Oberstein, DE
A Cartier diamond monogram pocket watch pendant, France, 1900s. The monogram pieces from Cartier were mostly made between 1906 and 1909. They are highly collectable and were used as ...
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Antique Early 1900s Pocket Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Ear-Clips French
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier ruby and diamond ear clip earrings Earring set with two approximately 0.10ct round brilliant cut diamonds in the center. Surrounded by eight oval cabochon cut rubies Border...
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Late 20th Century Artist Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Cartier Paris France Lapis Lazuli Gold Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
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 France Diamond and Gold Vintage Brooch
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Cartier 1950's 18K stylized Rose brooch with adjustable mesh petals and an en-tremblant center set with nineteen Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds. All diamonds weigh a total of approx....
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Brooches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

  • Cartier France Diamond and Gold Vintage Brooch
  • Cartier France Diamond and Gold Vintage Brooch
  • Cartier France Diamond and Gold Vintage Brooch
  • Cartier France Diamond and Gold Vintage Brooch
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W 1.050 in. L 2.075 in.
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 Sterling Silver and Gold Case
  • Cartier France Sterling Silver and Gold Case
  • Cartier France Sterling Silver and Gold Case
  • Cartier France Sterling Silver and Gold Case
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W 4.50 in. L 3.25 in.
Vintage Cartier France 18 Karat Gold Stirrup Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Are you looking for a chic, sophisticated and elegant gift for a significant man in your life? You just found it. Perfect for a man who often wears a suit and would appreciate a lux...
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Vintage 1950s Retro Cufflinks

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Cartier France 18 Karat Gold Stirrup Cufflinks
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Looking for a chic, sophisticated and elegant gift for a significant man in your life? You just found it. Signed by the iconic jewelry house - Cartier, these are Vintage Cartier Fran...
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Vintage 1950s Cufflinks

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow 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

Cartier France Magnificent Art Deco Diamond Platinum Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Greenwich, CT
Looking as though it just jumped from a page of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby", this magnificent Cartier France Art Deco diamond bracelet is elegantly timeless. Five...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Clamper Bracelets

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White Diamond, Platinum

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

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Gold, 18k Gold

Large Vintage Cartier Jewelry Blue Sapphire French Gold Silk Scarf 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...
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Pillows and Throws

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Linen, Silk, Textile

Cartier France Diamond Cross Over Platinum Gold Clip Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These clip earrings by Cartier France with cross over design feature 118 round brilliant cut diamonds of E/F color and VS clarity with a total approximate weight of 4.5 carats. The e...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum

Pair of Fabulous Signed Cartier French Silver Gilt and Jade Candelabra
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of gilt 950 silver 2-light candelabra with carved jade shaft. Made by Cartier in France, circa 1930. Each: Carp shaft in carved jade mounted to stepped and beaded oval base. Set...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Sterling Silver

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Jade, Silver

Cartier Trinity Pink, White and Yellow Gold Diamond French Clip Earrings
By Cartier
Located in La Jolla, CA
Estate Cartier Trinity Diamond French Clip Earrings signed "Cartier." 18kt pink, white, and yellow gold circular bands are intertwined, hanging from 18kt pink, white, and yellow gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

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

Cartier Vintage 18 Karat Gold Cufflinks, France, Paris, 1990s
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
Cartier vintage 18kt gold cufflinks Designer: Cartier Made in France, Paris Circa 1990's Fully hallmarked. Dimension - Size : 3.5 x 1.4 x 0.4 cm Weight : 12 grams Condition: Cuff...
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1990s Cufflinks

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18k Gold

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 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

Cartier Vintage Romance Vendome 58mm 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

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

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 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

Cartier Serrano Rimless Gold Special Edition Blue Gradient France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Serrano unique rimless special edition sunglasses with blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in special edition gold. All hallmarks. Carti...
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1980s Sunglasses

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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.