Best of the Best 2012: Jewelry: Design Redux: Cartier Panther

  • Jill Newman

Cartier’s famous panther first slinked onto the scene in 1914, in a drawing commissioned by Louis Cartier to decorate an invitation. But it was not until the 1930s that Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s director of high jewelry, began using the animal in exceptional jewelry designs, including a brooch for the Duchess of Windsor. The cat became a signature of the house, and over the decades it has been rendered in sleek black onyx and gold, studded with diamonds, and more. Now the panther is on the prowl again, in a series of new, softer interpretations like this diamond-and-sapphire version on a sapphire-bead necklace (price upon request). Once again, Car­tier has proven that this cat has at least nine lives. (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com)

Read Next Article >>
Photo by www.assouline.com
The pendant brooch is an extravagant piece, featuring a 10.03-carat Golconda diamond, recalling the...
The holidays are a time to shine—and nothing helps the ones you love do that like a few diamonds (...
Christopher Designs impeccably blends old-world luxury and style with modern technology. This is...
The new pins add a dash of personality to men’s attire…
The jewelry house’s first-ever ceramic rings draw inspiration from its Enchanted Lotus Collection…
Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
Greener Glory In just six years, the mining company Gemfields has become one of the world’s major...
Photo by Richard Goodbody, Inc.
A collection of historic ring designs dating back to the first century will be on display in New...
An exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for Robb Report readers.
Photo by Ilan Rubin
In the 1960s and early 1970s, when most society women wore understated jewelry—demure pearls and...
The New York jewelry artist fashions modern designs from antique fabrics dipped in metal…