Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

Cartier Art Deco Coral & Diamond Convertible Cloak Clasp London, circa 1925



A cloak clasp convertible to clip brooches, each designed as a series of geometric shapes composed of coral batons, flat coral segments, and round diamonds, one clip slightly larger than the other, the clips combine with a chain of diamond and coral links to create the coat clasp; mounted in platinum, with original Cartier box • 102 round diamonds • Signed Cartier London, 3875 • Copy of the original Cartier drawing Cloaks have been in use since the start of civilization as a portable means for covering the body and keeping it warm. Even the earliest cloaks needed a simple clasp, a means of pining the material to the body, likely inspiring the first brooches. By the sixteenth century, cloaks had become fashionable status symbols that were cut, shaped, sewn, lined, and fastened with a brooch or chain. By the early twentieth century, great coats were more popular for daily use, but beautiful cloaks in velvet, silk, cashmere, and wool, such as the ones designed by Paul Poiret, were draped over elegant evening wear. This Cartier cloak clasp was designed as the perfect accessory for an elegant evening cloak. While the form of the cloak is steeped in history, this modern clasp was designed with the pure geometry favored in the Art Deco period. The jewel is essentially a massing of circle forms, from the use of round diamonds, to coral batons in cylinder form (extruded circles), and the use of semi-circles of both diamonds and coral. The original Cartier drawing demonstrates the precision of an engineer in creating the curves of this masterful jewel. One side of the clip is smaller than the other, but the considered placement of elements within the design creates a balance within the slight asymmetry. Created with versatility in mind, the clasp converts into two dress clips, one slightly larger than the other, that can be worn pinned to an elegant neckline or clipped to the waist or shoulder. This magnificent cloak clasp is the only known example of a convertible Cartier Art Deco cloak clasp and would be an important addition to any collection.


Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Shipping: Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer


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.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in New York, NY

Siegelson is a world-renowned gallery offering rare collectible jewels. Third-generation gem and jewelry dealer Lee Siegelson has been credited with bridging the gap between art and jewelry design, in the process transforming estate jewelry into a vibrant part of the luxury goods and collectibles world. Focusing on a piece’s design rat...

Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1920
1stDibs seller since 2020
6 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 6 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Art Déco Aquamarine Diamond Platinum Clip by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Zurich, CH
Superb Art Déco aquamarine diamond platinum clip by Cartier. Designed as an open fan and set with 8 baguette-shaped aquamarines totalling circa 9.60 carats and 20 old-cut and single-...

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Brooches


Aquamarine, Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Art Déco Diamond Enamel Onyx Gold Clip Brooch
By Cartier
Located in Zurich, CH
Magnificent Art Déco diamond enamel and onyx gold clip brooch by Cartier. Entirely handcrafted in 18 karat white and yellow gold partly decorated with blue and golden enamel, the cli...

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Brooches


Diamond, Onyx, Enamel, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Brooch, C.1925
Located in Toronto, ON
Large Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Brooch C.1925. The brooch of rectangular chamfered corners shape, milligrain set with 86 mixed round brilliant, swiss and single cut diamonds, tot...

Early 20th Century Art Deco Brooches



Cartier Art Deco Jade Jabot Pin
By Cartier
Located in New Orleans, LA
Embodying the glamor and modish motifs of the Roaring 20s, this exquisite Art Deco-era jabot pin was crafted by the esteemed Cartier. Formed from an exceptional specimen of jade, the...

Early 20th Century Art Deco Brooches


Diamond, Jade, Ruby

Art Deco Pearl, Diamond and Rock Crystal Jabot Pin by Cartier Paris
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A 1930s gem set foliate motif jabot pin by Cartier. Designed as a pair of mirroring leaves carved in rock crystal and set with natural pearls in the centres and diamonds on the edges...

Early 20th Century Art Deco Brooches


Diamond, Pearl, Rock Crystal, 18k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

1925s Art Deco Antique Diamond Lapis Lazuli Platinum Brooch
Located in Poitiers, FR
Brooch in platinum, mascaron hallmark, and 18 karats white gold, owl hallmark. Rectangular shape with rounded corners, this delicate antique brooch is set with a long lazuli lapis su...

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Brooches


Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum, White Gold

Antique French Cloak Clasp
Located in Munich, Bavaria
The antique Frech cloak clasp in the shape of bear claws is made out of silver and fully hallmarked. There is a makers mark in the shape of a lozenge with the initials B V. In an ov...

Antique 1810s More Jewelry



Antique French Cloak Clasp
Free Shipping
Art-Deco Cartier New York Brooch Gold 14 Karat Platinum Pearls Diamonds Onyx
By Cartier
Located in Boulogne Billancourt, FR
CARTIER Art-Deco pin/brooch made with 14 natural pearls, 16 roses diamonds (old cut), 4 onyx squares (two with very little faults), yellow gold 14K and platinum mount. There is a sec...

Vintage 1910s Art Deco Brooches


White Diamond, Onyx, Natural Pearl, 14k Gold, Platinum

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery