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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

Materials

White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Maillon Panthere ring, finely crafted in 18k white gold with 5 rows of brilliant cut diamonds. Size 53. Signed and numbered by Cartier.
Category

Early 2000s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier White Gold Pearl Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A unique 18k white gold Panthere ring by Cartier. The ring features a Panthere's head with two emeralds set to the eyes and onyx for the nose. The Panthere is clutching a cultured pe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Gold and Pearl Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A unique 18k yellow gold Panthere ring by Cartier. The ring features a Panthere's head with two emeralds set to the eyes and onyx for the nose. The panthere is clutching an 8mm cultu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Emerald Diamond White Gold Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Signature Cartier Panthere ring - desirable and hot! Made of 18kt white gold and set with diamonds. The panther's eyes are accented with emeralds. French size 51, US size 6. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthère Ring, 3 Diamond Pave Rows
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Show off a bold look and make a statement by completing an ensemble with this 18-karat white gold ring from the Cartier Tank collection. This stunning piece is a standout with the Fr...
Category

2010s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier White Gold and Diamond Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
An impeccable rendering of this iconic design, this example has a singular Panther head and is fully encrusted with brilliant diamonds, 2.39 carats in total. Emerald set eyes and an ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

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

Cartier Yellow Gold Black Spotted Lacquer Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Black Lacquer 18 Karat Yellow Gold Panthere Ring. Great condition. The Cartier panther is still looking elegant after 100 years. Ever since its 1914 debut, Cartier's iconic ...
Category

Early 2000s Modern Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Tri-Colour Onyx and Emerald Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 18k tri-colour gold panthere ring by Cartier from the Panthere collection. The ring is composed of a panthere head motif and is complemented with two round emeralds set a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Emerald, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold and Pearl Panthere Ring with Emerald Eyes
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A unique 18k yellow gold Panthere ring by Cartier. The ring features a Panthere's head with two emeralds set to the eyes and onyx for the nose. The panthere is clutching an 8mm cultu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Emerald Onyx Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Lakarda Panthere Ring
By Cartier
Located in Zurich, CH
Magnificent Cartier emerald onyx diamond 18 karat white gold Lakarda Panthere ring. This spectacular ring coils around the finger depicting the Maison's most iconic creature, the pa...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

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

Cartier "Panthere" Collection Cocktail Ring
Located in New York, NY
Cartier ring finely crafted in platinum, weighing approximately 13.00 carats of blue sapphires. A very unique and rare cocktail ring to have. Signed by Cartier.
Category

Vintage 1970s Signet Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Cartier Panthere Gold Bypass Ring
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Cartier Panthere 18k tri color gold bypass ring. Ring size - 6.5, top is 16mm wide. Weight - 11.9 grams. Marked: Cartier, 750, 022434, 54.
Category

20th Century More Rings

Materials

Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k yellow gold; set with round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approx. 1.00 carat, most with E-F color and VS clarity; width 5/16 inch; ring size 5-1/2, Cartier size 51; weight 11.3...
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1990s Fashion Rings

Cartier Panthere Diamond Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
From the classic Cartier collection, a desirable Panthere diamond gold ring. Featuring 28 diamonds graded as D,E color, VVS clarity. Circa 1990. Cartier serial: 989939. The ring is ...
Category

1990s More Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthere Diamond Onyx Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A fabulous authentic Cartier Panthere collection ring featuring 3.66 carats of the finest Cartier round brilliant cut diamonds and 2.43cts of onyx studs in 18k white gold. Size 55 /...
Category

Early 2000s Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

CARTIER Panthere Diamond Onyx Coil Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER Panthere Diamond Onyx Coil Ring in Platinum. An extraordinary adornment embodying the Maison's most iconic creature, the Panthère de Cartier coiled ring features white diamo...
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Late 20th Century More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, Platinum

Cartier Diamond Gold Panthère Griffe Ring
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An original piece from Cartier’s Panthère Griffe collection. It features 1.15 carats of fine round brilliant-cut diamonds with VVS clarity and E-F color. They are pave-set over two c...
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21st Century and Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Panthere Claw Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
An iconic Cartier panthere yellow gold ring showcasing a panthere claw set with black enamel in 18k yellow gold. The ring measures a size 6 1/2 and can be resized.
Category

1990s Cocktail Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthere Solitaire Yellow Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
An iconic Cartier panthere ring showcasing a .25ct round brilliant cut Cartier diamond in 18k yellow gold. The ring measures a size 5 1/4 and can be resized if needed.
Category

1990s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthère Diamond and Onyx Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Diamond and Onyx "Panthére" Ring, Cartier, French The ring is designed as a pavé-set diamond band; enhanced by onyx detail; signed Cartier, with French assay mark and maker's mark, n...
Category

Vintage 1960s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Platinum

Cartier Diamond 18 Karat Yellow White Pink Gold Cougar Panthere Ring US 4
By Cartier
Located in Tokyo, JP
Brand:Cartier Name:Cougar Ring Material :Diamond,750 K18/ YG WG PG Yellow Gold White Gold Pink Gold Comes with:Cartier Case,Cartier repair certificate (Sep 2018) Ring size:British & ...
Category

1990s More Rings

Materials

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

Cartier Black Onyx Diamond Panthere 5-Row Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An authentic Cartier ring featuring the famous Panther design in 18k yellow gold. Made in 1988, this 5-row band is pave-set with natural white diamonds and accented with cabochon bla...
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Vintage 1980s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold

Cartier Double Panthere Sapphire Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A magnificent Cartier ring featuring the iconic Panthere motifs crafted in 18k yellow gold holding a oval rose cut sapphire. The sapphire measures 10.11 x 8.87 x 5.50mm
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1990s Cocktail Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthère 18 Karat White Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
The Cartier “Panthère” ring is made of 18K white gold and weighs 9.2 grams, boasting band thickness of 6 mm. This item is offered in estate condition and includes a gift box.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Limited Edition Maillon Panthere Diamond Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
While it contains all the elements of a classic and timeless design, this luxury Cartier ring has a fresh contemporary feel that will set you apart from the crowd. This wide ring fea...
Category

Early 2000s Band Rings

Materials

White Diamond, Black Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Double Panthere Sapphire Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A magnificent Cartier ring featuring the iconic Panthere motifs crafted in 18k yellow gold holding a oval rose cut sapphire. The sapphire measures 10.11 x 8.87 x 5.50mm
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1990s Cocktail Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthere Trinity Emerald Onyx Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
An 18k tri color gold ring, featuring Trinity band, crafted by Cartier with panther top, decorated with emerald eyes and onyx nose. Ring size 5 3/4 - 6 , ring is 10mm wide, sits appr...
Category

20th Century More Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, 18k Gold

Panthere de Cartier Black Enamel Dome Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Chic Cartier pinky ring. Highly Polished Dome with black enamel Leopard marks on a diagonal. Made in France with French Hallmarks. Size 5.25. Very chic - Ooh la la!
Category

Vintage 1980s Modernist Dome Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

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H .50 in. W .88 in.
Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Panthere Black Lacquer Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Panthere de Cartier ring 18K yellow gold black lacquer ring. Ring Width: 8.8mm. Ring size 54 US 7. Weight: 14.3g. Cartier's Panthere collection will always be so elegant and will nev...
Category

2010s Modern Band Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthère Yellow Gold Openwork Panther Head Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic iconic Panthère de Cartier ring centers an openwork yellow gold panther head, set with piercing green tsavorite garnets eyes and a carved onyx cabochon nose. Signed Cartie...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Onyx, Tsavorite, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthere 18 Karat Yellow Gold Skeleton Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
The emblematic panther has been an important part of Cartier's designs since 1914. This fiercely fashionable design from the Panthère de Cartier collection is made of 18K yellow gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthere 18 Karat Yellow Gold Lakarda Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
From the iconic "Lakarda" collection by Cartier comes this sublime piece made of 18K yellow gold that boasts superb craftsmanship quality and extraordinary design. The ring is decora...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Cocktail Rings

Materials

Onyx, Tsavorite, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthere de Cartier Diamond and Emerald Ring
By Cartier
Located in San Francisco, CA
“Never copy, only create“ was the motto that Louis Cartier would pronounce to his designers. That motto is beautifully realized in this exquisite ring, masterfully designed in an arr...
Category

20th Century Cocktail Rings

Materials

Emerald, Diamond, White Gold

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H .5 in. W 1 in. L 1.38 in.
Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Maillon Panthere Diamond Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A spectacular ring. One of the most recognizable designs from Cartier. This 5 row Panthere ring is truly something gorgeous you will be happy to wear. This collection is named aft...
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2010s Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Cartier 18k White Gold Panthere Diamond and Onyx Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Panthere de Cartier ring in 18K white gold. Detailed with gleaming emeralds for eyes and sparkling diamonds and onyx stones depicting its majestic coat. 264 brilliant-cut diamonds to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Diamond Panthere Stripes Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier diamond ring crafted in 18K Yellow Gold, mounted with the pave set round cut diamonds in a panthere stripe pattern. European: EU 50 USA: 5.25 Ring Width: 20mm Fully signed.
Category

20th Century Modern Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere Yellow Gold Ring Sz.6 - EU 52
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Cartier band is made in solid 18k yellow gold and features an emblematic design for every day elegance. Measurements: 0.31" (8mm) width. The ring size is 6 - EU 52. No...
Category

Early 2000s Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Enamel Emerald Diamond Gold Panthere de Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Panther ring, finely crafted in 18k white gold with diamonds, emeralds and black enamel. Signed Cartier. Serial number WI5025
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthère Diamond Set 18 Karat Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Cartier Maillon Panthère diamond set ring, crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. The Panthère collection is named after Cartier's iconic mascot, this couldn't be more appropr...
Category

2010s Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthère de Cartier White Gold Panther Head Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic iconic Panthère de Cartier centers a white gold panther head, set with piercing green tsavorite garnets eyes, black lacquer spots, and a carved onyx cabochon nose. Signed C...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary More Rings

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier 18k White Gold Diamond Panthere De Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Panthere de Cartier ring in 18K white gold. Detailed with gleaming emeralds for eyes and sparkling diamonds and onyx stones depicting its majestic coat. 264 brilliant-cut diamonds to...
Category

2010s Modern More Rings

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Panthère Diamond White Gold Openwork Panther Head Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Panthere Diamond Openwork Panther Head Ring in 18k White Gold. A stunning structure of openwork fashioned in diamond pavé, this iconic Panthère de Cartier ring is accented w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Fashion Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, 18k Gold

1990s Cartier Panthère Yellow Gold Diamond and Tsavorite Ring
By Cartier
Located in Torino, IT
Chic and timeless 18karat Yellow Gold band Ring from the 1990s "Panthère" collection by Cartier centering a haughty and lustful Panther Head, a must of the french Maison that has al...
Category

1990s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Tsavorite, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Enamel Double Panthere De Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 18k yellow gold and enamel ring by Cartier from the Panthere De Cartier collection. The ring is composed of two panthere head motifs beside each other set with bold ename...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Emerald, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Cartier 18 Karat White Gold Panthere de Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
METAL TYPE: 18K White Gold TOTAL WEIGHT: 7.1g RING SIZE: 8 REFERENCE #: 18579-AKCK CONDITION: Pre-owned, Excellent condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, 18k Gold, White Gold

Panthère De Cartier Peridot Onyx Lacquer Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This gorgeous Panthère de Cartier ring features a chic and fierce panther design crafted in 18k yellow gold with black lacquer spots, faceted peridot eyes and a black onyx nose. Made...
Category

2010s More Rings

Materials

Onyx, Peridot, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere Diamond Ring in 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful Cartier Maillon Panthere full eternity ring from the ‘Links and Chains’ collection, set in 18k yellow gold. The ring is comprised of 3 rows of 18 open work panels with e...
Category

Early 2000s Modern Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Double Panthere De Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful 18k yellow gold ring by Cartier from the Panthere De Cartier collection. This ring is composed of two panthere head motifs beside each other and are complemented with two...
Category

2010s Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panther Panthere Peridot Onyx Lacquer Yellow Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Panther Peridot, Onyx, and Lacquer Ring by Cartier. From Cartier's "Panthere" collection. With 2 peridot eyes, onyx nose & black lacquer spots. This ring comes wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Onyx, Peridot, Yellow Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Panthere Claw Black Lacquer Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Panthere Claw Black Lacquer Ring. Gold, the interpretation of the charm. Black, interpretation of the mystery. Gold and black mix of elegant style, tend to e...
Category

20th Century Modern Cocktail Rings

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Cartier Panther Panthere Peridot Onyx Lacquer White Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k White Gold Panther Peridot, Onyx, and Lacquer Ring by Cartier. From Cartier's "Panthere" collection. With 2 peridot eyes, onyx nose & black lacquer spots. This ring comes with...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Onyx, Peridot, White Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere White Gold Band Wedding Engagement Bridal Ring
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
This band ring is signed Cartier, it comes from the famous collection Maillon Panthere. It is a size 59 – 8 ¾ - R Weight: 5gr Metal: 18kt white gold Signature: Cartier NºGPB8...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier 18K White Gold Panthere Diamond and Emerald Eyes Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Signature Panthere de Cartier Collection ring. Made of 18k white gold, the panther's eyes are made of emerald, the nose - of black onyx and the marks - of white diamonds. The ring si...
Category

20th Century Modern Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Double Panther Panthere Diamond Emerald Onyx White Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k White Gold Double Panther Panthere Diamond, Emerald and Onyx Ring by Cartier. WithRound brilliant cut diamonds VVS1 clarity, E color total weight approx. .92ct, 2 emerald eyes, ...
Category

2010s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, White Gold

Cartier Panther Panthere Diamond Emerald Onyx White Gold Band Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k White Gold Panther Diamond, Emerald and Onyx Ring by Cartier. With 137 round brilliant cut diamonds VVS1 clarity, E color total weight approx. 1.15ct. This ring comes with Cart...
Category

2010s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, White Gold

Cartier Panthere Diamond Rhodolite Garnet Black Lacquer Spots Yellow Gold Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Diamond Rhodolite Garnet and Black Lacquer Spots Panthere Ring by Cartier. WithRound brilliant cut diamonds VVS1 clarity, E color 1 large rhodolite garnet 13.49ct Th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Diamond, Garnet, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panther Panthere Peridot Onyx Lacquer Yellow Gold Large Ring
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Panther Peridot, Onyx, and Lacquer Ring by Cartier. From Cartier's "Panthere" collection. With 2 peridot eyes, onyx nose & black lacquer spots. This ring comes wit...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Cocktail Rings

Materials

Onyx, Peridot, Yellow Gold

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Double Panthere De Cartier Ring
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful 18k yellow gold ring by Cartier from the Panthere De Cartier collection. This ring is composed of two panthere head motifs beside each other and are complemented with two...
Category

2010s Modern Fashion Rings

Materials

Emerald, Onyx, Yellow Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthere 3 Diamond-Paved Rows Ring in White Gold
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Designer: Cartier Collection: Maillon Panthere Style: 3 Row Ring Metal: White Gold Metal Purity: 18k Stones: 7...
Category

Vintage 1980s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

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Panthere Ring For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact panthere ring you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, 18k Gold and White Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 170 vintage editions and 242 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect panthere ring among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. For this particular piece, 1 Carat and 1.5 Carat are consistently popular carat weights. A panthere ring can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 222, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes pear cut and brilliant cut alternatives. Finding a panthere ring for sale for women should be easy, but there are 123 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Panthere Ring?

On average, a panthere ring at 1stDibs sells for $10,722, while they’re typically $810 on the low end and $276,050 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.