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Cartier

In the world of fine jewelry, few names are as distinguished and well-regarded as the house of Cartier. Founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, the business flourished and developed an outstanding reputation for its exquisite jewels. In 1859, the jeweler opened his first eponymous boutique, and in later years his three sons, Pierre, Jacques, and Louis, assumed control of the company. In 1902, Jacques traveled to London, where the brand received the Royal Warrant as a supplier of jewels for King Edward VII. The King even dubbed Cartier “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.” Pierre, meanwhile, headed to New York, where he purchased 653 Fifth Avenue in exchange for a rare double-strand pearl necklace which was claimed to have been worth at least $1 million. The property remains the company’s flagship today. In addition to this success, Pierre also deftly managed the sale of the storied Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat wonder known around the world for its incredible history and beauty. Through the years, the brand added to its roster numerous luminaries in the worlds of film and royalty, including Elizabeth Taylor, the Duchess of Windsor and Clark Gable. Among Cartier’s most iconic pieces are the circa-1924 Trinity de Cartier interlocking ring, the 1948 three-dimensional Panthère ring, the industrial-chic Love bracelet of 1969 and its sister bracelet, the 1971 Juste un Clou. Cartier creations are more than just jewels; they are symbolic of breathtaking works of art that stand alone for their intricacy and endurance.