Jewelry designers number in the thousands, but only a select few have reputations for unsurpassed excellence and unparalleled quality. Cartier is one of those select few. The French jeweler and watch-maker, Louis-Francois Cartier, established his genesis in the world of extravagant watches and jewelry in the late 1800’s.
The exclusivity of the Cartier pieces is evident when one realizes who is among the Cartier clientele–how about the Maharaja of Patialoa, a ruler of a region in India who had a diamond necklace custom-made by Cartier in 1928. The necklace had five rows of diamond encrusted platinum chains and boasted of a huge 234.65ct De Beers yellow diamond set in the center, the seventh largest diamond known to exist.
Cartier has a long history of availing his creations to celebrities and royalty. At the turn of the 20th Century, King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as “The jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers.”
Exquisite, Breathtaking Pieces:
Perhaps you have an interest in a Baignoire watch with an 18K gold case, set with round diamonds–a mere $39,950 . Is that a bit pricey? How about a pair of gold-plated sunglasses for only $1,400? Or, you can purchase eyeglass frames, by themselves, for an affordable $980.
–Engagement & Wedding Rings:
Cartier offers gold or platinum engagement and wedding rings which are instantly recognizable among the thousands on the market. The distinctive pieces are a true work of art. The diamonds are meticulously selected according to the absolute highest standards.
One of the ways Cartier set himself apart was to use platinum settings for diamonds. Many of the wedding bands and rings are crafted of high-quality platinum which is whiter than white gold. Modern, classic or vintage settings are available which offer a distinctive design for every taste.
Rose gold, also known as “pink gold” is a rose-hued metal which derives its distinctive color from the copper mixed with the gold. Cartier offers a delightful selection of pink-gold wedding bands with diamonds and gemstones. Stunning white-gold selections are, also, available.
Don’t feel too dismayed, however, thinking you can’t afford a Cartier piece. The Cartier yellow-gold Love Wedding Band, with no diamonds, is available for $800. Prices vary with the Love Wedding Band selections and pricier pieces, crafted from pink-gold with a spattering of small diamonds, can be had for just under $6,000.
Cufflinks, key rings, fountain or ballpoint pens, business card holders, wallets and desk items, influenced by French fashioning, are made with the intention of becoming heirloom-quality pieces. Discreet refinement combined with the ability to survive everyday use, serves as the perfect combination of beauty and practicality.
The array of astonishing rings, earrings, pendants, chains, bracelets, watches, leather goods, and accessories exudes an eclectic blend of excellence, uniqueness and rarity.
Regardless of the Cartier piece you choose, or the price you feel comfortable with or the style you desire, any Cartier creation will make you feel like a million bucks!
Karen writes a lot on the topic of custom jewelry. One style she covers is King Baby Studio.