Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5

1970s Cartier Paris White and Yellow Gold Maltese Cross Pendant

On Hold
$15,000

About

An 18 karat yellow and white gold maltese cross pendant, by Cartier, Paris, 1970s The pendant is signed Cartier, Paris and numbered 0717. It is stamped with a maker's marks, French hallmarks, and 750 and measures 2.48" x 2.48." Please note that the chain is sold separately.

Details

  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Weight
    41.52 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)Diameter: 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)Length: 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1970
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 53311stDibs: LU10523821373

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Free Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 8-10 days.
    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 Cartier (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 /buy/panthere-cartier/ target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">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 beloved jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, rings, necklaces and other accessories.

About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in New York, NY
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
1stDibs seller since 2014
61 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Cartier Paris 18 Karat Yellow Gold Nautical Cross Pendant Vintage, circa 1970s
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A change to own a groovy nautical Cartier Paris pendant...quite rare! Weight: 18.1 grams Dimensions: 1 3/4" (length) 2 3/4" (height with bail) Condition: Great Signature: Cartier...
Category

Vintage 1970s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold

1970s Pearl and Yellow Gold Cross Pendant
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage cultured pearl and 18k yellow gold cross pendant; part of our diverse vintage jewellery and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive vintag...
Category

Vintage 1970s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond Yellow Gold Cross Pendant
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A Cartier pendant necklace, designed as an 18k gold chain suspending a simple cross set with 22 brilliant-cut round diamonds. Measuring approximately 19 1/2 inches long. Signed Cart...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Materials

White Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier 1970s 18 Karat Gold Ankh Pendant
By Cartier
Located in Cincinnati, OH
70s Ankh Pendant by Cartier. The 1 3/4" x 1" ( with bale) 18k yellow gold pendant in the shape of an Ankh. A Groovy vintage pendant by Cartier. Looks great on a leather or silk cord...
Category

Vintage 1970s Modernist Pendant Necklaces

Materials

18k Gold

1970s AGL Certified Sapphire Diamond Maltese Cross Necklace
Located in Miami, FL
This magnificent necklace, crafted in 18 karat yellow gold, features 350 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 5 carats total, F color, VS clarity. The necklace is acce...
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1970s Cross Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Oversized Pendant Necklace
Located in Geneva, CH
Cross Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Oversized Pendant. Circa 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Double Heart Pendant Chain Yellow and White Gold Necklace
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow And White Gold Double Heart Pendant Necklace by Cartier. Details: Pendant : 1" x 1/2" Chain: 16" Weight: 11.4 grams Stamped Hallmarks: Cartier, 750, 1994, DXXXX(serial n...
Category

1990s Pendant Necklaces

Materials

White Gold, Yellow Gold

Maltese Cross Black Onyx White Agate 18 Karat Gold Pendant
Located in New York, NY
A spectacular Maltese Cross Pendant in gorgeous carved White Agate with a faceted square Black Onyx center set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold with an 18 Karat bale. The stunning cross is s...
Category

20th Century Contemporary Pendant Necklaces

Materials

Agate, Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery