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CARTIER (FRANCE)

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.

Iconic Designs from Cartier
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
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Vintage Cartier Vitesse Black Gold Oversized 60mm Gold Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Mint Collectors Item. Unique and original Cartier Aviator Vitesse sunglasses, the black Edition with yellow and white gold accents. Lenses are spotless medium grey. Frame is with the...
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1990s Cartier

Cartier Love 10 Diamond 18K White Gold Small Model Bracelet 16
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cartier's Love bracelet is a modern symbol of luxury and a way to lock in one's love. Designed in an oval shape to comfortably sit around your wrist, the iconic love handcuff is laid...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Must Vendome Medium 55mm France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Original 1983 Cartier Santos Vendome sunglasses with new brown lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold and the famous santos accents. All hallmarks. red...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier C Heart 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Cartier piece is a beauty to behold. It has been crafted out of 18k yellow gold and styled in a single strand of heart-shaped links. It also features hallmarks on the inside. Th...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Black Stainless Steel Autoscaph 21 2427 Automatic Men's Wristwatch 36 mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Simple and elegant, this Cartier Autoscaph watch from the label is the perfect accessory to complement your subtle personality. It has a round stainless steel case of 36 mm diameter....
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2010s Cartier

Cartier Women Shoulder bags Burgundy Leather
By Cartier
Located in Milan, IT
Tote bag, leather, solid color, front logo, gold-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, day bag Includes: N/A Product Condition: Good Lining: negligible residues, visible scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Women Shoulder bags Burgundy Leather
By Cartier
Located in Milan, IT
Cross body bag, leather, solid color, front logo, zipper fastening, gold-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, day bag Includes: - Box - Product care - Dust bag Product Condition:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

New Cartier Rivoli Vendome 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses 18k Heavy Plated France
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1988 Cartier Rivoli Vendome Cat Eye Sunglasses with new honey brown (uv protection) lenses. The cat's eye frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallm...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Women Handbags Black Leather
By Cartier
Located in Milan, IT
Bag, leather, solid color, monogram logo, magnetic closure, evening. Includes: N/A Product Condition: Very Good Lining: negligible residues. External Leather: slightly visible wrin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Love Diamond 18K Two Tone Gold Double Band Ring Size 48
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
One of the most iconic and loved designs from the house of Cartier, the stunning Love ring is an icon of style and luxury. This is an updated version that arrives in two bands- one i...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Lanieres 18K White Gold Link Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This meticulously crafted bracelet is from the Cartier Lanières collection. Made from 18k white gold, the precious creation features the brand's signature square-cut design and a sim...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Trinity 18K Three Tone Gold Huggie Earrings Small Model
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Delivering on the idea of timeless everyday-wear jewelry, Cartier brings you this set of Trinity earrings. Designed in an open hoop shape, these Cartier earrings feature an elegantly...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Trinity Classic 18K Three Tone Gold Ring Size 52
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Trinity ring was designed by Louis Cartier in 1924 and it continues to be a celebrated design from Cartier. The central motif of the Trinity collection is the ring which comes as...
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2010s Cartier

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Gold

Cartier Diamond 18K White Gold Graduating Ball Bead Drop Long Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We fell in love with this Cartier pair of earrings at first glance. Look at the gorgeous yet subtle accents and picture how they will beautifully sit on your ears. The set is crafted...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

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Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Logo Double C de Cartier Diamond 18K Rose Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Picked from the “Logo Cartier” line, this bracelet carries the brand's iconic “double C” motif that was first used by Louis Cartier. The bracelet is formed using 18k rose gold and de...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Beige/Black Zebra Print Pony Hair Leather Marcello de Cartier Satchel
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Cartier beauty arrives in a gorgeous shape and design. It has a zebra printed pony hair and leather body with a logo zipper on the front and is held by two handles. The top zip ...
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2010s Cartier

Cartier Silver 18K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel Tank Women's Wristwatch 28 mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cartier's Tank watches were inspired by the military tanks used by English troops during World War I, flaunting distinct caterpillar tracks of the army tank into the bracelet design....
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Black Leather Marcello De Cartier Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Cartier beauty arrives in a gorgeous shape and design. It has a leather body with logo detailing on the exterior and is held by two handles. The zipper secures the nylon interio...
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2010s Cartier

Cartier Love 18K White Gold Wedding Band Ring Size 54
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
One of the most iconic and loved designs from the house of Cartier, this stunning Love ring is an icon of style and luxury. Constructed in 18k white gold, this ring features screw de...
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2010s Cartier

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White Gold

Cartier Amulette de Cartier Diamond Onyx 18K Rose Gold Ring Size 50
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cartier's Amulette de Cartier collection is enchanting with its good luck pieces that are a symbol of countless good wishes. Made from natural gemstones, each creation is different a...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Diamond, Onyx, Rose Gold

Cartier Love 18K White Gold Band Ring Size 54
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
One of the most loved designs from the house of Cartier, this stunning Love ring is an icon of style and luxury. Constructed in 18k white gold, this ring features screw details all a...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Black Leather "Marcello de Cartier" Shoulder Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This classic Marcello de Cartier handbag will add a glamorous finish to any look. Crafted from luxurious black leather, the exterior features a large stitched Cartier logo and comfor...
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2010s Cartier

Cartier Granite Rimless Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless sunglasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with a small red granite on each ar...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Rectangular Rimless Glasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless glasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with a subtle design at the arms. Cart...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Maillon Panthère Diamond 18K White Gold 5 Row Ring Size 50
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
From Cartier's Maillon Panthère collection comes this magnificent ring that exudes beauty and luxury. Splendidly crafted from 18k white gold into a wide band of five rows, the piece ...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Two-Tone Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these sunglasses feature a two-tone silver and 18k gold plated frame with a knotted design on...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Rimless Logo Glasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless glasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with Cartier stamped on both arms. The...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Serrano Rimless Gold Special Edition Brown Gradient France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Cartier Serrano unique rimless special 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 Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Capri Gold Plated 18K Rimless Brown Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1990 Cartier Capri unique rimless sunglasses with solid brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame with the front and sides in gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the honey bro...
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1990s Cartier

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 Cartier

Cartier Black Stainless Rubber Pasha de Cartier 2790 Men's Wristwatch 40.50MM
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Impress everyone when you flaunt this Pasha de Cartier timepiece on your wrist. Swiss made, it has been beautifully crafted from stainless steel and enhanced with a rubber bracelet. ...
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2010s Cartier

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Amulette de Cartier Diamond 18K White Gold Pendant Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A magnificent offering from Cartier's Amulette de Cartier line. The necklace comes crafted using 18k white gold and it has the signature motif skillfully detailed with shimmering dia...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

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Diamond, White Gold

Cartier Silver 18K Yellow Gold Tank Anglaise 3704 Women's Wristwatch 26 mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cartier's Tank watches were inspired by the military tanks used by English troops during World War I, flaunting distinct caterpillar tracks of the army tank into the bracelet design....
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Grey Stainless Steel Santos Round Women's Wristwatch 32MM
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We have our eyes on this Cartier wristwatch for all the right reasons. This watch is from the Santos collection that dates back to 1904, gaining recognition for being the first pilot...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier White Stainless Steel Pasha de Cartier 2324 Women's Wristwatch 35 mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Dazzle the eyes that fall on you when you flaunt this Pasha de Cartier timepiece on your wrist. Swiss made and crafted from stainless steel, this watch features grid patterns on the ...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Cartier Silver 18K Rose Gold Stainless Steel Tank Anglaise Women Wristwatch 30mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Cartier's Tank watches were inspired by the military tanks used by English troops during World War I, flaunting distinct caterpillar tracks of the army tank into the bracelet design....
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Rose Gold, Silver, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Amulette de Cartier Lapis Lazuli Diamond 18K Yellow Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A magnificent offering from Cartier's Amulette de Cartier line. The bracelet comes sculpted from 18k yellow gold and it has the signature motif in Lapis Lazuli highlighted by a shimm...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

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Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, Yellow Gold

Cartier Amulette de Cartier Mother of Pearl Diamond 18K Yellow Gold XS Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A magnificent offering from Cartier's Amulette de Cartier line. The bracelet comes sculpted from 18k yellow gold and it has the signature motif in a mother of pearl highlighted by a ...
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2010s Cartier

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity de Cartier 18K Three Tone Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This minimalist bracelet comes from Cartier's Trinity collection that symbolizes elegance and style. The 18k gold creation features interlocking chains that carry three-tone 18k gold...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Love Screw Motif 18K Rose Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We fell in love with this Cartier Love bracelet at first glance. Look at its gorgeous yet subtle accents and picture how it will beautifully sit on your wrist and charm your peers. T...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Panther Diamond Emerald Openwork Disc Pendant Black Cord Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Well-crafted jewelry like this one is hard to come by. This necklace carries the iconic Panther symbol which has been a sign of recognition of the timeless brand for decades, making ...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Two-Tone Oval Glasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these glasses feature a two-tone silver and 18k gold plated frame with a knotted design on th...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier 1980s Rimless Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless sunglasses feature a two-tone silver and 18k gold plated frame with a twisted/k...
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1980s Cartier

Vintage Cartier Cartayat Wood 53mm Platine Precious Wood Brown Lens Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New 1990 Cartier Full Set Cartayat Hardwood Sunglasses with new light blue (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in white gold and has the famous wood & gold ac...
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1990s Cartier

Cartier Panther Rimless Glasses circa 1980s
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless glasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with the signature Cartier panther at ...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Piccadilly Rimless Glasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless Piccadilly glasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with the C at the front of ...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier 1980s Orsay Aviator Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these Orsay aviator sunglasses features a 24kt gold plated frame with small accents of silver...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Vintage Black Leather Panthere Line Pouch Bag Purse
By Cartier
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage CARTIER black leather small pouch bag. Made of good quality and thick leather. Trapeze-shaped. Gold tone Panthere zipper pull. Animalier fabric lining. 'Cartier - Paris' tag ...
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20th Century Cartier

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

New Vintage Cartier Demilune Platine Half Frame Medium Reading France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Original 1983 Cartier Demilune Cartier half frame sunglasses with light blue lenses. Very comfortable as reading glasses. All hallmarks. Red enamel with Cartier signs on the ear padd...
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1990s Cartier

CARTIER Les Must de Cartier Cream & Brown Equestrian Silk Scarf
By Cartier
Located in San Francisco, CA
CARTIER "Les Must de Cartier" scarf comes in a cream & brown equestrian silk. Moderate wear. Made in France. Good Pre-Owned Condition. Measurements: 32.5 in. x 33 in.
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20th Century Cartier

Cartier Piccadilly Gold Glasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
A favorite of both jewelry and fashion lovers, Cartier is always a classic! Circa 1980s, these rimless Piccadilly glasses feature an 18k gold plated frame with the C at the front of ...
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1980s Cartier

CARTIER Wallet in Burgundy Leather
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
CARTIER Wallet in Burgundy Leather. It is rectangular shape in embossed burgundy leather with the double C of the brand. Its clasp is a snap button and its finishes are in gilt meta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Vintage Cartier Gold and Enamel Reading Loupe
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The loupe is designed by Cartier, it is made out of gold plated, enamel and magnified glass. Hallmarks: Cartier Paris, 11283, Swiss made, Plaque. Measurements: the...
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1980s Cartier

New Cartier Giverny Gold & Wood 51/20 Full Set Brown Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
New Original Rare Yellow and White Gold 1992 Cartier classy Giverny Sunglasses with rosewood temples and honey brown spotless uv protection lenses. Frame with the front and sides i...
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1980s Cartier

Cartier Silver 18K Yellow Gold Ballon Bleu Women's Wristwatch 33 mm
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This elegant timepiece from Cartier takes its name, Ballon Bleu, from the fluted crown set with the blue spinel cabochon, which appears floating like a balloon, lying on the side. Cr...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Yellow Gold, Silver

Cartier Mauve Taurillon Leather Medium C De Cartier Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A classic combination of Parisian liveliness and subtle hues, C De Cartier is a collection from Cartier that appeases your sophisticated personality just right. This bag carrying a m...
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2010s Cartier

Cartier Gold/Black Gradient Panthere De Cartier Aviator Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This classic and timeless pair of aviators from the fashion house of Cartier will hold a special and forever place in your collection. Constructed in gold-tone frame and arms, this P...
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2010s Cartier