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Panthère de Cartier Bracelet
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Panthère de Cartier Bracelet

About the Design

Purchased by the Duke of Windsor for his wife, the Duchess of Windsor — otherwise known as Wallis Simpson — in 1952, the original Panthère de Cartier bracelet is more like a sculpture for the wrist than a piece of jewelry. It features a diamond-and-onyx-encrusted panther with marquise-cut emerald eyes positioned as if they were fixated on prey. Craftsmen at the internationally acclaimed French jewelry house Cartier had already introduced similarly themed pieces, and the Duchess was by then an ardent admirer of the motif

The panther motif was not a novel concept created specifically for the bracelet. It was instead a long-established icon for Cartier. While the brand was launched in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, it was his grandson Louis Cartier who 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.

While panthers appeared on Cartier vanity cases and more in as early as 1917, the icon didn’t take on its best-known three-dimensional form until the late 1940s, when the Duke of Windsor purchased a brooch from the house for his wife. This piece, designed by Toussaint — the first of at least two brooches bought by the Duke in this era — featured a gold panther lying atop a cabochon emerald. The couple ordered a panther clip in 1949 — this one accompanied by a 152.35-carat Kashmir cabochon sapphire — followed by the bracelet three years later. While the bracelet is not accompanied by a large gem, it stands out from its predecessors in that its form is articulated so that its linked pieces can move along the wrist rather than remain fixed in place.

The Windsors were not the only customers enamored of Cartier’s panther. Socialites and royalty purchased their own cat jewels from Cartier over the years. Since then, the brand has released numerous Panthère pieces, from the 1983 Panthère de Cartier watch to the 1987 Panthère de Cartier perfume. A special collection of panther-adorned jewelry debuted in 2014 to celebrate the centennial of the icon, although none can quite compare to the Duchess’s original bracelet — it fetched $7 million at auction in 2010.

Cartier Panthere Bracelet

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Cartier Panthere Stainless Steel 18K Tricolor Gold Crossover Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Cartier Panthere Stainless Steel 18K Tricolor Gold Crossover Bangle Bracelet. The Bangle is made of Stainless Steel woven with 18K Yellow Gold Bands. Partially flexible, easy to pu...
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Vintage 1980s Bangles

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Gold, 18k Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

1990s Cartier Panthère Double Headed 18K Gold Bangle with Original Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Designed as pair of opposing panthers, set in 18K Yellow Gold and accented by round-brilliant cut diamonds, with Cabochon-Cut Onyx noses, and completed by Marquis-Cut Blue Sapphire e...
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Late 20th Century Modern Bangles

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Blue Sapphire, Diamond, White Diamond, Onyx, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Y...

Cartier Yellow Gold Emerald Panther Panthere Bangle quartz Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Emerald Panther Panthere Bangle Bracelet Watch by Cartier. This watch comes with original Cartier box. Details: Size: Medium Size would fit 7" to 7.5" wrist Measure...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Emerald, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthère Torque 18K Two-Tone Gold Bangle Cuff Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
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Vintage 1980s

Cartier Diamond, Emerald & Onyx Panthere Bracelet, Boxes & Papers, Panther
By Cartier
Located in Hong Kong, HK
The new 2021 retail is $162,000usd or Euro 138,000. (last photo) PLEASE CHECK OUT THE HD VIDEO! This Panthere bracelet comes with original boxes and papers. Original CARTIER from 201...
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2010s Contemporary Modern Bracelets

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

Cartier Panther Panthere Onyx Tsavorite Black Lacquer Rose Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Rose Gold Panther Panthere Tavorite Onyx Panther Bangle Bracelet by Cartier. With 2 Tsavorite Garnets in the eyes, 1 black onyx nose and black lacquer. This beautiful bracelet co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bangles

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Onyx, Tsavorite, Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Panther Panthere Diamond Tsavorite Lacquer Yellow Gold Link Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Panther Diamond Tsavorite Lacquer Bracelet by Cartier. With 31 round brilliant cut diamonds, VS1 clarity, F color. Total Diamond Weight: .50CT. One tsavorite and Bl...
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2010s Link Bracelets

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Diamond, Tsavorite, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Panthere Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Yellow Gold Panthere Head Bangle Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold A hinged Cartier 'Panthere' bangle in 18k gold, culminating in a sculpted panther head set with peridot eyes, an o...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Bangles

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Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthere White Gold Bangle
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A fashionable bracelet from the famous Panthere collection by Cartier. Featuring green emerald eyes, onyx nose, head and tail. The metal is 18K white gold, weight of the bracelet is...
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21st Century and Contemporary More Bracelets

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Emerald, Onyx, White Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Trio of Gold and Blackened Silver Panthere Cuffs
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A set of three, 18 karat gold and blackened .800 silver, slim panther cuffs, by Cartier, c. 1980s. Each signed Cartier and numbered. Stamped with French assay marks.
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Vintage 1980s Modern Cuff Bracelets

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Gold, Steel, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Panthere Stainless Steel Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A fabulous Cartier bracelet circa 1990s' showcasing the iconic Panthere motifs crafted in 18k yellow gold. The bracelet is crafted in stainless steel with bands of 18k yellow streami...
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1990s Bangles

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Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Maillon Panthère Five-Row Gold Link Bracelet with Diamonds
By Cartier
Located in Houston, TX
Cartier Maillon Panthère five-row gold link bracelet in 18K yellow gold with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The center portion has 19 links that are pavé-set with four diamonds each t...
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1990s Link Bracelets

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Panthere de Cartier Collection Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Cartier exquisitely crafted this scarce bangle in 18KT yellow gold and Hematite. It features the iconic Cartier pouncing Panthers replete with golden eyes. The gold section of the ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Bangles

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18k Gold

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