Among all luxury goods, the Cartier brand is known for its incredible jewelry. In fact, most Cartier jewelry pieces are instantly recognizable – highlighting the company’s ability to create icons. As a tribute to the brand’s creative heritage, let’s take a look at the origins and evolution of some of Cartier’s most famous jewelry pieces.
Trinity de Cartier
One of the oldest Cartier jewelry collections still in existence today, the Trinity collection was created by Louis Cartier in 1924. Featuring three interlocking rings – each in white, yellow and pink gold – Trinity jewelry pieces look as fresh today as they did some 100 years ago.
In addition to looking great, each color represents a deeper meaning. The white band symbolizes friendship and the yellow band represents loyalty. This leaves us with the rose gold band, which of course means love.
What began as a simple Cartier Trinity ring has evolved into a complete Cartier jewelry collection. The Trinity collection of Cartier jewelry includes rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and. From elegant solid gold jewelry to jewels set with diamonds, the Cartier Trinity jewelry collection varies in style and price. Moreover, given its three shades of gold, it can be paired with almost any other jewelry in one’s collection.
Panthère de Cartier
Although Cartier jewelry is inspired by a variety of animals, no beast is as closely associated with the brand as the black panther. in 1914, Louis Cartier commissioned a work of art depicting a woman with a black panther on her feet. That same year, Cartier created a watch with diamonds and precious stones that mimicked the spotted fur of the big cat. The brand’s obsession with the panther was fully realized in 1918 with the arrival of Jeanne Toussaint, nicknamed “La Panthère” for her unique style and personality, who herself became creative director of Cartier jewelry in 1933, during which time she created many elegant animal-inspired jewels.
Some of the famous women who claimed to be fans of Cartier’s Black Panther jewelry during Jeanne’s time included Mexican actress María Félix, American heiress Barbara Hutton, the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, socialite Daisy Fellows, and countless others.
In 1935, the first Cartier Panther ring, combining black enamel and yellow gold, was launched. An integral part of Cartier’s jewelry offerings, the brand produced many stunning Panthère de Cartier high jewelry rings over the years. Indeed, decades later, Cartier continues to create these magnificent rings. In addition to these high jewelry pieces, there is also the Panthere de Cartier jewelry collection, which includes rings, bracelets and necklaces that can be worn and enjoyed more often than not. Last but not least, there is the famous Cartier Panthere watch collection, which features beautiful and soft chain bracelets.
Love de Cartier
Perhaps Cartier’s most famous jewelry collection, the Love bracelet, popular throughout its history, was created by Aldo Cipullo in 1969 and designed to be opened and closed only with the attached screwdriver. Each piece has a screw-like decoration that highlights the industrial design of the jewelry. Part handcuff, part chastity belt, the love bracelet symbolizes enduring and faithful love. The love bracelet is available in both male and female versions, further emphasizing its universal appeal.
Matching the famous Cartier Love bracelet are the Love ring, the Love necklace and the Love earrings. In addition, as this Cartier collection has been in production for almost five years, vintage Love bracelets are also available on the secondary market.
Often worn with luxury watches, few jewelry pieces enjoy the prestige and recognition of the Love bracelet.
Juste un Clou de Cartier
Although the Juste un Clou Cartier jewelry collection was only officially unveiled in 2012, its origins can be traced back to the 1970s. In fact, Aldo Cipullo created it shortly after the Love bracelet. Cartier’s vintage Aldo Cipullo studded bracelet laid the foundation for the contemporary Just un Clou collection, which includes earrings, bracelets, rings, cufflinks and necklaces.
Juste un Clou is French for “just a nail”. It takes the most common hardware – a nail – and turns it into a precious piece of jewelry. Similar to the Love collection, Just un Clou is available for men and women. Moreover, in addition to some diamond jewelry, this nail-inspired Cartier jewelry is also available in white, yellow and rose gold.
Despite its vintage origins, the Juste un Clou collection is one of the most modern Cartier jewelry collections available today.
Cartier jewelry gifts
A brand that symbolizes luxury and romance, Cartier has successfully continued its tradition of creating some of the world’s most exquisite jewelry. These four iconic Cartier jewelry collections perfectly illustrate the timelessness of Cartier jewelry creations. Loved by royalty, celebrities and ordinary people alike, to own Cartier jewelry is to be part of the elite.
Whether it’s a ring, bracelet, necklace or earrings, browse our Cartier jewelry stores and make this holiday season special by gifting your loved ones with the magic of Cartier. It’s a gift that can be enjoyed every day and treasured for a lifetime.