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Cartier Panthère Double Headed Bangle in Stainless Steel and 18k Yellow Gold



A beautiful vintage 1980's Panthère de Cartier bangle set in stainless steel and 18k tri coloured gold. This incredibly stylish bangle is composed of two solid yellow gold panther heads. These heads are connected to a coiled stainless steel and yellow gold bangle aspect by three rows of tricoloured polished gold. The bangle is a 'half flexible' bracelet which makes it incredibly easy to take on and off; however once on being incredibly secure. You can find the Cartier signature under one of the panther head. There is an additional stamp 'Or Et Acier' - This term refers to the technique of using both stainless steel and gold in the same piece of jewellery. This trend was incredibly popular in the late 1980's as the stainless steel gave a more striking, darker contrast against the yellow gold. The piece is a medium size and would fit anyone with a wrist measuring between 16-19 centimetres. Total weight is exactly 37.9 grams. Cartier reference number: 774825.


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About the Design

Panthère de Cartier Bracelet

Designed by Cartier
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.
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Based in London’s prestigious Burlington Arcade and recognized as one of Mayfair’s most knowledgeable jewelers, Susannah Lovis Jewellers has been serving clients for more than 20 years, offering an eclectic selection of fine antique and vintage pieces, with a focus on the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco periods. Its wide-r...

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