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

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)

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