French silversmith and jeweller Louis-Francois Cartier established a modest workshop in Paris in 1847. He had the good fortune to come to the notice of Princess Mathilde Bonaparte who gave him many valuable commissions, which enabled him to expand his business. Under the management of his grandsons, Pierre and Jacques, the firm moved to its present location on the Rue de la Paix in 1889. Cartier's enjoyed the patronage of most of the royalty and nobility of Europe in the years before the First World War, opening branches in London, New York, Cannes and Monte Carlo. In 1972 the business was purchased by a group of investors and the New York and London branches which had been sold off, were repurchased. The company was renamed "Les Must de Cartier" in 1981 and then "Vendome Luxury Group" combining it with other luxury brands including Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Karl Lagerfeld. Cartier is now part of luxury goods company Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, based in Switzerland, but founded by South African businessman Johan Rupert.
Pair of 18ct gold earrings, Cartier, circa 1994, each elliptical half hoop designed as a double row of heart motifs, approximately 25 x 11mm, signed Cartier, 1994, numbered D05282, post and clip fittings.
18ct gold bee pendant, Cartier, circa 1992, designed as a flying bee, the thorax embellished with a brilliant-cut diamond, the abdomen decorated at intervals with black enamel, approximately 20 x 15mm, signed Cartier, numbered C 81525, 1992. Accompanied by
Cartier, Margot' gold hoop earrings, 1992, 18ct yellow gold, each designed as a series of open work honeycomb motif links, stamped 'Cartier 1992 750 B39763', with box and Cartier certificate, approx. Weight 25.4 grams
Pair of 18ct white gold and diamond 'Diadea' earrings, Cartier, each tear-shaped surmount pave-set with brilliant-cut diamonds suspending a similar open work motif, length approximately 20mm, signed Cartier, numbered 941994. Accompanied by a Cartier box.
18ct gold and diamond 'L'Ingot D'Or' pendant, Cartier, circa 1992, modelled as an 1/8 ounce ingot accented with a brilliant-cut diamond, edge engraved CARTIER, length approximately 10mm, signed Cartier, numbered ag8483. Accompanied by a Cartier box.
18ct gold and emerald 'Panthere' brooch, Cartier, modelled as a striding panther with emerald-set eye, length approximately 48mm, signed Cartier, maker's marks, numbered 778073. Accompanied by a Cartier pouch.
Bi-metallic 'Panthere' pendant, Cartier. Bi-metallic 'Panthere' pendant, Cartier, modelled as a silverium hanging panther, eyes and nose accented in yellow gold to a similar surmount, length approximately 55mm, signed Cartier, numbered 295879.
18ct gold and diamond brooch, Cartier, modelled as an elephant mother and calf, the eyes accented with a circular-cut emerald, the calf body pave-set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the diamonds together weighing approximately 0.55 carats, length approximatel
Pair of 18ct white gold and diamond 'Double C Decor' earrings, Cartier Each wide hoop designed as a continuous line of concave open work 'C' motifs, the front and inside back pave-set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, the diamonds together weighing approx
A pair of platinum, diamond and carved rock crystal pins, Cartier, France, circa 1920 each designed as an arrow, the carved rock crystal flights with platinum and rose-cut diamond mounts, length approximately 130mm, signed Cartier, numbered 3516 and 3517 r
Pair of 18ct gold and diamond 'Maillon Panthere' earrings, Cartier. Pair of 18ct gold and diamond 'Maillon Panthere' earrings, Cartier, each elliptical hoop of brick link motif highlighted at intervals with round brilliant-cut diamonds, approximately 12 x
18ct white gold and diamond 'Longevity' pendant/charm, Cartier, designed as an open work plaque pave-set with round brilliant-cut diamonds, diameter approximately 20mm, signed Cartier, ref. B3009800, numbered OX8315 IY. Accompanied by Cartier papers and bo
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