With their long list of elite clientele ranging from royalty, celebrities to business tycoons, Cartier is synonymous with luxury, elegance and of course jewelry.
Here are a couple interesting facts about the French empire that was founded in 1847 by three brothers (Louis, Pierre and Jacques). Firstly, way back in 1917 Pierre travelled to New York and famously acquired 653 Fifth Avenue for two strands of the very finest pearls! It remains a flagship store of Cartier today. Whilst his brother, Louis, created some of the most iconic Cartier designs including the Mystery clocks, Tank and Santos watches.
Did you know that the Cartier Trinity rings were designed in 1924 by Jean Cocteau – the famous French painter and writer? The three interlocking rings made of different colors of gold is a Cartier classic. The three rings represent love, friendship and fidelity.
Another iconic design from Cartier is the ‘Love‘ bracelet. Created by Aldo Cipullo who joined Cartier, New York, in 1969. He also created the ‘Juste un Clou’. Both designs can be worn by women and men. Once in a place, the ´Love´ bracelet is not to be removed. Symbolizing eternal love ´locked’ in place. The design actually was inspired by chastity belts. It has been worn by many famous couples including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw.
What is more, did you know that New York City hospitals keep Love screw drivers handy? The Love bracelet is so popular, that hospitals stock Love screw drivers in their wards so they can remove the bracelet from patients’ wrists during an emergency.
More recently, Cartier’s ‘Tutti Frutti‘ bracelet became the most expensive jewel ever sold in an online auction this April. It sold at Sotheby’s auction this year for $1,340,000! The Tutti-Frutti by Cartier is a design inspired by the third brother, Jacques’, first visit to India in 1911. Known as the ‘holy grail’ of jewelry – each piece is unique and features an explosion of colored stones in the same Mughal-cut.
Whilst Cartier’s latest high jewelry collection has just been released. Named ´[Sur]Naturel’ it has an almost Alice of Wonderland-style edge to it. A mesmerizing and bold collection inspired by nature that features diamonds, sapphires and emeralds.
Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s director of image, style and heritage, says that the ´[Sur]Naturel’ collection, “offers a form of escapism through nature and imagination in these uncertain times.”
There you have it, 5 facts about the luxury jewelry brand, Cartier. For more designer and luxury facts click here.