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Cartier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories on 1stDibs.

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Designer: 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 inches x 33 inches ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Le Must Vendome Trinity fountain Silver pen, Cartier, 90’s – France
By Cartier
Located in VALLADOLID, ES
Beautiful Fountain pen manufactured by the prestigious French luxury goods brand Cartier around the nineties. The unit, which corresponds to the well-known Le Must Vendome...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Santos Screws 1983 59mm 18K Heavy Plated Blue Lens Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
From 1983!!! Cartier Aviator Santos Sunglasses with customized blue gradient (uv protection) Lenses. Frame is with the famous screws on the front and sides in yellow and white gold....
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1980s French Cartier

Cartier Vintage Rimless Purple Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your style with the Cartier Vintage Rimless Purple Sunglasses, a chic nod to early 2000s fashion. These statement sunglasses boast hexagon rimless lenses in a vibrant purple ...
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Early 2000s French Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Filao 47mm Oval Platine Grey Lens France 1990 Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1990 Cartier Filao silver plated Sunglasses with blue (uv protection) lenses. All hallmarks. Cartier silver signs on the ear paddles. These are like a pair of jewels on your nos...
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1990s French Cartier

New Cartier Rivoli Vendome 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses 18k Heavy Plated France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
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 French Cartier

New Cartier Ascot Vendome Gold 55mm Half Frame Sunglasses Elton John France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1983 Cartier Ascot Vendome Gold 55mm Half Frame with blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in white and yellow gold heavy 18k plated accents. A...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Must de Cartier Burgundy Red C Logo Leather Men's Top Handle Briefcase
By Cartier
Located in Houston, US
Brand: Cartier Measurements (W x H x D): 16.50" x 13.00" x 3.50" Total Weight: 2,300 grams Cartier Must de Cartier burgundy red leather briefcase...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Deimios 54MM Gold Plated Brown Lens France 1990 Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
NEW 1990 Cartier DeimIos 54 MM 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. Beau...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Playing Cards Box
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Cartier playing cards box featuring one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards in Cartier red 2-doors case. The silk-lined box of cards with 18-karat gilded corners, printed wi...
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1970s French Cartier

Cartier lighter with travel kit, gold plated, 90's - France
By Cartier
Located in VALLADOLID, ES
Gorgeous and Excellent luxury lighter from the prestigious brand Cartier, with 18-karat yellow gold plating. As an ornament, it presents a delicate motif of fine vertical wavy lines ...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Vintage Romance Vendome 56mm Platinum France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
Vintage Cartier Romance Vendome Platinum sunglasses with blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Red enamel ...
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1980s French Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Panthere 56mm Medium Sunglasses France 18k Gold Heavy Plated
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
1988 Cartier Panthere sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. burgundy ear paddles. Both arms sport...
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1980s French Cartier

Cartier Leather Wallet
By Cartier
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Patent leather Red Cartier color Printed logo Space for coins, cards and bills Cm 10,5 x 10,5 (4,13 x 4,13 inches) Light cut at the bottom Fast shipping from Italy
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Vintage Cartier Panthere GM 54MM Gold Heavy Plated Sunglasses France 18k
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
1988 Cartier Panthere GM sunglasses with light blue (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. burgundy ear paddles. Both ar...
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1980s French Cartier

Cartier Sully New Gold and Wood 53/22 Full Set Brown Lens France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
Original Rare Yellow and White Gold 1992 Cartier classy Sully Sunglasses with rosewood temples and honey brown spotless uv protection lenses. Frame with the front and sides in yell...
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1980s French Cartier

Vintage Cartier Panthere 56mm Medium Sunglasses France 18k Gold Heavy Plated
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
1988 Cartier Panthere sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. burgundy ear paddles. Both arms sport...
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1980s French Cartier

New Cartier Rivoli Vendome 56mm Cat Eye Sunglasses 18k Heavy Plated France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
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 hall...
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1980s French Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Colisee Platine Plated 49 18 Frame France 1990 Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1990 Cartier Colisee 49 [] 18 Sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. All hallmarks. Cartier signs on the ear paddles. These are like a pair of jewels on your nose. Pleas...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Paris Black Acetate Panther Sunglasses CT0118S 52/24 140mm
By Cartier
Located in Rome, Rome
CARTIER CT0118S Cat.3 sunglasses. Black frame with original Cartier colored lenses. Gold color details. Round design. Temples with panther decoration. Made in France Details MATERIAL...
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2010s French Cartier

Must De Cartier Vintage Jacquard Silk Scarf Blue Border
By Cartier
Located in Rome, Rome
Elegant vintage Must de Cartier scarf. Main colors ae blue, red, white, yellow. 'Must de Cartier' tag is still attached. 100% Jacquard Silk. Hand rolled edges Details MATERIAL: Silk ...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Gold Tone Panthère Round Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your eyewear collection with these exquisite Cartier Gold Tone Panthère Round Sunglasses. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these sunglasses exude luxury and sophi...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Signature Panther Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Amman, JO
Cartier Signature Panther Sunglasses, Featuring a tinted gradient brown lenses, gold metal and straight arms with angled tips. Hardware: Acetate / ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Cartier

Cartier Black Gradient Panthère Wild de Cartier Square Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Elevate your eyewear game with these Cartier sunglasses. Meticulously crafted from premium materials, they offer unparalleled protection and a timeless design, making them a must-hav...
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2010s Italian Cartier

Cartier 1990s Square Frame Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Indulge in timeless elegance with these Cartier 1990s Square Frame Tortoise Shell Sunglasses. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these sunglasses exude sophistication and s...
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1990s French Cartier

Vintage CARTIER Bag
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful vintage bag by Cartier in black leather and golden hardware Condition : excellent Made in France Genre : women Material : black grained leather Interior : black suede Color...
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Late 20th Century French Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Demilune Vendome Platine 50mm Reading France Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
Original 1983 Cartier Demilune Cartier Vendome Platine sunglasses with demo lenses. Very comfortable as reading glasses. All hallmarks. Red enamel w...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Red Leather Panthere Shoulder Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry everything you need in style thanks to this Cartier red bag. Crafted from the best materials, this is an accessory that promises enduring style and usage.
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2010s Italian Cartier

Cartier Navy Blue/Black Gradient Panthere De Cartier Cat Eye Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We see the detailing on this exquisite pair of designer sunglasses made from fine materials. The sunglasses are luxe in appeal and practical in usage. Includes: Original Case
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2010s French Cartier

Vintage Cartier Giverny Gold and Wood Large 53/22 Full Set Brown Lens Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
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 French Cartier

Cartier Marcello saddle bag size Unica
By Cartier
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Marcello saddle bag Leather Cognac color Real python strap Can be carried by hand too Large external pocket Additional zipped pockets Cm 33 x 23 x 11 (12,99 x 9 x 4,33 inches)
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2010s Italian Cartier

Vintage Cartier Handmade Sterling Silver Small Woven Basket with Handle
By Cartier
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This is a super unique piece to have in your Cartier collection! A true vintage piece, this Cartier is crafted and handmade out of sterling silver into a small woven basket...
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Mid-20th Century French Cartier

Limited Edition Cartier Vintage Silk Scarf “Leopard Panthers” 1970s Unused
By Cartier
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Cartier Vintage Silk Scarf “Leopard Panthers” Never Worn and in Good Condition, this is a limited Edition Scarf from the 1970s Blue and Gold The highest quality silk which makes...
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Late 20th Century French Cartier

Cartier Panthere De Cartier Metal Golden Finish Rectangular Shape Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These gorgeous Cartier Panthere De Cartier sunglasses are the epitome of sheer elegance. These sunglasses are crafted in a metal frame with a smooth golden finish for the style-savvy...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Panthere De Cartier Rimless Smooth Golden Finish Cats Eye Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These chic and modern Cartier Panthere De Cartier sunglasses are the epitome of sheer elegance. These sunglasses are crafted in a non-rimmed metal frame with a smooth golden finish for the style-savvy people of today. Showcasing UV-protected plastic cat...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Panthere De Cartier Rimless Metal Golden Finish Cat Eye Frame Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These breathtaking Cartier Panthere De Cartier sunglasses are the epitome of sheer elegance. These sunglasses are crafted in a rimless metal frame with a smooth golden finish for the style-savvy people of today. Showcasing UV-protected plastic cat...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Panthere De Cartier Rimless Metal Golden Finish Cat Eye Shape Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These breathtaking Cartier Panthere De Cartier sunglasses are the epitome of sheer elegance. These sunglasses are crafted in a rimless metal frame with a smooth golden finish for the style-savvy people of today. Showcasing UV-protected plastic cat...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier scarf
By Cartier
Located in Rubiera, RE
Cartier Le must de Cartier silk scarf cm. 90 x90 approx copyrigth no label hand rolled hem Darrk green, red .... Good condition
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1980s Italian Cartier

Cartier Burgundy Leather Must de Cartier Crossbody Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Express your personal style with this high-end crossbody bag. Crafted from quality materials, it has been added with fine details and is finished perfectly. It features a well-sized ...
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2010s Italian Cartier

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

Cartier Lady Trinity Sunglasses
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier Lady Trinity Sunglasses Brown tortoiseshell frames sunglasses designed with polarised tinted lenses. Featuring gold metal arms detailed with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

CARTIER PARIS Jeweled Panthere Silk Scarf
By Cartier
Located in CHAMPEAUX-SUR-SARTHE, FR
Iconic Cartier Panthere Jeweled Silk Scarf, perfect condition with original Cartier Box Beige Background, Cream White Margin, Brown Silver Pattern CONDITION : Brand New in Box Ve...
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1990s French Cartier

Cartier Red Leather Chain Tote
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cartier Red Leather Tote in very good condition. red pebble leather body with patent leather top flap and silver hardware trim. Red leather and sil...
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2010s Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Panthere 56mm Platine Sunglasses France 18k Heavy Plated
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1988 Cartier Panthere sunglasses with grey (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. burgundy ear paddles. Both arms s...
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1980s French Cartier

New Cartier Cabochon Half Frame 54mm Sunglasses 18k Gold Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1983 Cartier Cabochon sunglasses with blue gradient (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. Cartier gold signs on the e...
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1980s French Cartier

Grey Cartier Cashmere Scarf
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Grey cashmere ribbon print scarf by Cartier. 27" width, 46" length.
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Cartier Red Leather C de Cartier Handbag
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Minimal wear to bag is evident. Minimal wear to the base corners, front and rear with abrasions to the leather on this used Cartier designer resale item. This...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Cartier

Cartier Black Leather Panthère de Cartier Clutch
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Hardly any visible wear to clutch bag is evident on this used Cartier designer resale item. Comes with original dust bag. Details Panthère Blac...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Cartier

Cartier Black Leather Medium Panthere de Cartier Bag
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Designed by the iconic fashion house Cartier, this Panthere de Cartier bag is truly a masterpiece in the world of luxurious fashion. It has been created using leather and poses a dai...
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2010s Italian Cartier

Cartier Black Patent Leather Frame Clutch
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Cartier clutch is a creation marked by excellent craftsmanship and refined style. This frame clutch is crafted with skill and impeccably finished to be a luxurious accessory in ...
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Dark Red Leather Small C de Cartier Satchel
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
If you are looking for something that reflects chic and luxury, then this satchel is a perfect choice. Crafted from premium materials, it can be conveniently carried around and its i...
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2010s French Cartier

CARTIER PARIS Jeweled Flamingos Jacquard Silk Scarf NIB Authenticity Certificate
By Cartier
Located in CHAMPEAUX-SUR-SARTHE, FR
Iconic Cartier Jeweled Flamingos Jacquard Silk Scarf, with jewels pictures woven in the fabric. Perfect condition with original Cartier Box These flamingos are a reference to the f...
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1990s French Cartier

CARTIER SANTOS Sunglasses, CARTIER C decor 58/18 with Original Packaging
By Cartier
Located in CHAMPEAUX-SUR-SARTHE, FR
These CARTIER SANTOS Sunglasses are iconic from the 1980's, with Original Packaging, Vintage but never worn New of Stock, Unworn and Pristin...
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1980s French Cartier

Cartier White Leather Must de Cartier Card Holder
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Complete your collection of accessories with this stunning Cartier creation. Crafted from leather in a timeless white hue, the cardholder is styled with multiple slots.
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2010s French Cartier

Cartier Coral Orange Leather C De Cartier Wallet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This wallet is conveniently designed for everyday use. It comes with a well-structured interior for you to neatly arrange your cards and cash. This stylish piece is complete with a s...
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2010s Italian Cartier

Cartier Black Leather Must De Cartier Bifold Wallet
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This authentic Cartier wallet for men has a look of luxury. It is crafted from black leather as a bifold and equipped with compartments and multiple slo...
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2010s French Cartier

New Vintage Cartier Panthere 59mm Medium Sunglasses France 18k Gold Heavy Plated
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
New 1988 Cartier Panthere sunglasses with brown (uv protection) lenses. Frame is with the front and sides in yellow and white gold. All hallmarks. burgundy ear paddles. Both arms s...
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1980s French Cartier

New Cartier Santos Screws 1983 62mm 18K Heavy Plated Sunglasses France
By Cartier
Located in Baleares, Baleares
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 French Cartier

Cartier fashion for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Cartier fashion available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of blue, purple, red and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Claude Montana, Alain Mikli, and Claude Montana Paris appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Cartier fashion from top boutiques around the world. Cartier fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $119 and tops out at $69,680, while the average work can sell for $1,000.
Questions About Cartier
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    As one of the top luxury jewelry houses in the world, Cartier uses some of the finest quality materials. The company uses 18k gold in their jewelry and real diamonds.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Cartier is famous for producing jewelry and watches out of rare and luxury-grade materials and creating innovative designs, often packed with symbolism. Some of the jeweler's most famous pieces include the modern Love and Trinity bracelets and its custom-made antique and vintage jewelry like the Crocodile and Patiala necklaces. Find a range of Cartier jewelry and watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Cartier watches are considered luxury watches. Cartier is a noted jeweler, taking that attention to detail and access to high-quality metals and jewels to their watches—they spare no expense and are highly desirable. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Cartier watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Today, the Cartier symbol, or logo, is the luxury house's name written in a clean serif font that mimics cursive handwriting. Typically, the logo is either black on white or white on a black background. Its refined and understated appearance references the high standards that have long been associated with this celebrated brand.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    One of the reasons Cartier is so expensive is because, since its inception in 1847, the brand has had a massive celebrity fan base that spans royals, movie stars, singers and socialites. The brand also uses the highest quality metals and gems in their pieces, rendering them expensive to produce. Lastly, most Cartier pieces are easy to identify, making brand recognition a key factor in the brand's exclusivity.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Cartier Vermeil means a timepiece made by the French luxury jewelry house of Cartier out of a material called vermeil. It is a precious metal produced by combining genuine gold and silver. Shop a variety of Cartier Vermeil watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The meaning of Cartier Vendôme varies. Most often, the term describes a line of watches made by the French luxury jewelry house. However, the company has also produced sunglasses and wedding jewelry with the style name Cartier Vendôme. Shop a variety of Cartier Vendôme watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 14, 2023
    There are at least a few things that make Cartier so special. Cartier is one of the most well-known and internationally revered jewelers in the world. The French luxury brand has helped to define style trends. Cartier made one of the first modern wristwatches for men� the Santos de Cartier� and its panth�re motif and Love bracelet are internationally renowned. Every piece produced by Cartier is also carefully crafted out of high-quality materials. On 1stDibs, shop a diverse assortment of Cartier pieces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    There are a few reasons why Cartier is so popular. For one thing, the French luxury house is known for its very long history of unparalleled prestige and quality craftsmanship. Cartier has been producing extraordinary jewelry, watches and accessories since 1847. While jewelry lovers have long been enthusiastic about Cartier’s elegant and streamlined designs for bracelets, rings, necklaces and other pieces, the brand is also known for innovation. It pioneered the use of platinum in fine jewelry, and its artisans were so mindful of trends in fashion that the house became the official jewelry supplier to King Edward VII. Later, Cartier’s Art Deco-era pieces would help define the movement with which they are associated. One of the brand’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch, one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. Today’s influencers continue to help popularize the brand, increasing the demand for certain pieces like Cartier buffalo horn sunglasses and the Cartier Love bracelet, an icon of modernist jewelry. Find a wide range of Cartier watches, jewelry and eyewear on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The Cartier logo is a pair of interlocking Cs. However, many people associate the panther with the French luxury jewelry maker more than its actual logo. Louis Cartier incorporated the feline figure into its design lexicon. In 1914, Cartier hired illustrator George Barbier to design advertisements for the jewelry house. Barbier drafted a drawing that featured a glamorous woman with an elegant panther at her feet, and Cartier loved it. He had an additional connection to the panther in the form of his alleged romantic interest, fellow Cartier designer Jeanne Toussaint, who adored the animal so much that she decorated her apartment with furs and donned a coat of panther fur. Cartier gave her the long-lasting nickname Panthère. Since then, Cartier has offered watches, bracelets, necklaces, brooches and earrings inspired by the panther. Find a diverse assortment of Cartier jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 1, 2024
    Yes, some Cartier watches are automatic but the legendary French luxury house also creates collections that include watches with quartz movements. Cartier’s iconic Tank collection, which includes the Tank Française, the Tank Louis Cartier and other models, features both quartz and automatic options for all kinds of collectors. Each of the watches in the Panthère collection, however, carries a quartz movement.

    While quartz watches are powered by a pre-installed battery and a high-frequency quartz crystal, automatic watches rely on a spring system and are self-winding. An automatic watch does not have a battery and is recharged on the wrist owing to the wearer’s movements during the day.

    It was Louis Cartier, grandson of Cartier founder Louis-François Cartier, who was responsible for bringing watchmaking to the venerable maison when he presented Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont with a wristwatch in 1904. 

    Although the pocket watch was the de rigueur men’s accessory of the day, Santos-Dumont found his own pocket watch hard to consult while keeping his plane aloft. Louis fashioned a timepiece with a flat, square case on a leather strap that could be referred to easily at a glance. Named in honor of Louis’s friend, the Santos was eventually produced for sale in 1911. 

    Find vintage Cartier watches for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    The original Cartier Tank watch, which was emblematic of a stark departure from the renowned jewelry house’s curved and round watch faces in that its case resembled the FT-17’s cockpit, served as a sleek update to the Santos watch. Crafted in 1917, one year before the Great War came to a close, Cartier’s Tank watch reportedly borrowed its clean, sharp lines and boxy silhouette from France’s legendary Renault FT-17 light tank, itself a compact and extraordinary design that inspired numerous copies. When the Tank watch went to market, Cartier offered a limited run in Paris. After those quickly sold, it was given a name, the Tank Normale. The timepiece took off in popularity, but only slightly more than 30 were made in 1920 and annual production has been slow over the years since then. Find Cartier Tank watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    On Cartier jewelry, a 750 stamp means that a piece is 75% gold metal. You will find the stamp on the 18-karat gold pieces made by Cartier, such as the Love bracelet. On 1stDibs, find an assortment of Cartier jewelry from some of the worlds top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 30, 2023
    To authenticate a Cartier lighter, locate the serial number. Then, contact Cartier’s customer service team to assess whether it is a genuine serial number and whether the product type and style match your piece. Check the official Cartier website for current contact information. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Cartier lighters.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 8, 2023
    Whether a Cartier watch is bigger than a Rolex watch depends on the particular timepiece. Cartier offers watches in sizes ranging from 28 millimeters for women to 44 millimeters for men. Rolex's smallest women's watch is bigger than Cartier's at 31 millimeters, but the watchmaker's largest men's watch is only 43 millimeters. Find a variety of Rolex and Cartier watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 6, 2023
    Cartier glasses are called by a variety of nicknames. These include 'Ye's, Sticks, Carties and Cardisa. Many people refer to Cartier sunglasses and eyeglasses fashioned out of buffalo horn as Buffs. Explore a wide variety of Cartier glasses from some of the world's top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 6, 2023
    Which Cartier watch is the most iconic is open to debate. One of the French luxury brand's most influential watches is the Cartier Tank, which debuted in 1917. A women's watch, the Cartier Panthere is another of the brand's legendary designs. It was introduced in 1914, and its original design drew inspiration from a painting of a panther by artist George Barbier. Shop a large collection of Cartier watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 6, 2023
    What a Cartier bracelet symbolizes varies from piece to piece. With its screw motif, the Love bracelet represents the enduring nature of true love, while the three types of gold featured in the Trinity bracelet stand for love, fidelity and friendship. Translating to "just a nail" in English, the Juste un Clou bracelet is sometimes associated with simplicity and modernity. Find a large collection of Cartier bracelets on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 14, 2023
    There are a couple of reasons why Cartier glasses are so special. First, the French luxury brand produces each pair with careful attention to detail and precise crafting techniques that make the eyewear stylish and durable. Cartier also uses fine-quality materials like buffalo horn, titanium, gold, leather, onyx and bubinga wood. Additionally, many Detroit rappers like Royce da 5'9", Tee Grizzley and Big Sean have sported Cartier sunglasses over the years, making the brand's eyewear synonymous with hip-hop culture. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Cartier glasses.
  • 1stDibs ExpertDecember 4, 2023
    Yes, Cartier is a luxury brand. For its extraordinary range of bracelets, watches, rings and other adornments, French luxury house Cartier is undeniably one of the most well-known and internationally revered jewelers in the world. Cartier uses only fine materials and carefully crafts pieces to ensure quality. The jewelry, watches, eyewear, bags and other accessories produced by Cartier are also sold at aspirational price points that meet the definition of luxury. Find a wide variety of Cartier pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 23, 2024
    Yes, Cartier diamonds are real. The French luxury jewelry maker follows stringent standards when selecting the diamonds that go into its pieces. For example, the central brilliant cut diamonds in Cartier rings that are over 0.3 carats in weight must be classified as Very Good or Excellent to be used by the brand, and Cartier rarely chooses diamonds with clarity ratings below VS2 or color ratings below H. Shop a selection of Cartier diamond jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 27, 2023
    The Cartier Tank is so popular for several reasons. Many people like its unique shape, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I. Others appreciate its long history since it was released in 1918. Over the years, some models have featured details that further appeal to collectors. For example, the Tank Divan is notable for its striking rectangular case that is situated horizontally. The Roman numerals on its watch face are elongated, stretching to fit its unusual proportions. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Cartier Tank watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Pasha de Cartier is a watch introduced by the French luxury jewelry house of Cartier in 1985. Today, the watch features an automatic movement and is available with various leather and bracelet bands. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Pasha de Cartier watches.

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