Cartier introduced its first Panthère-inspired piece in 1914, and this year they celebrate the 100th anniversary. The first piece with the panther was a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots.
Cartier, one of the most popular brands in the production of extraordinary jewelry, has created it’s most extensive Panthère de Cartier collection. The 2014 ‘Panthère de Cartier II’ collection is a remarkable blend of contemporary design and high quality materials. The most impressive is a gold ring whose geometric openwork design depicts a panther with intense garnet eyes.
Besides the 100th anniversary, at this year’s Antiques Biennale in Paris, Cartier will present their Royal Collection. The French jewelry house’s Royal Collection features extraordinary precious stones of exceptional size and quality set in magnificent creations of the finest craftsmanship. Among the spectacular emeralds, rubies and sapphires is a large natural pearl that once belonged to Queen Mary of England, wife of George V., Cartier has transformed the Royal Pearl into a diamond-laced necklace. Weighing an impressive 8.3 grams and measuring 21.82 x 17.6 x 16.4 mm, the pearl is said to be one of the most beautiful ever seen.
The Royal Collection has been created based on themes such as “Stones Queens” focusing on glyptic (the art of engraving gems), “Stones of the World”, which looks at the origins of stone shapes, and “Design is King,” which highlights the optical illusions of stone shapes. “We have always considered the Biennale as an exceptional event. We can not show what we usually present in our shop; our entire collection, which includes more than 100 unique pieces, has been specially created for the occasion,” said Pierre Rainero, Head of Image and Heritage at Cartier.