The Société Cartier was founded by French jewelry designer Louis-François Cartier in 1847. Over the next century, the Cartier design house grew to become one of the world’s most prominent jewelers, with locations across the globe, with headquarters in Paris. Cartier is famous for their classic designs featuring expensive gemstones and precious metals. In 1914, Cartier produced their first iconic Panthère brooch, designed in the shape of a panther and covered in pave diamonds and gems. The Panthère became the symbol most associated with the design house, and new Panthère pieces are produced every year.
Cartier jewelry is often commissioned by the world’s royalty for coronations and state occasions, and purchasers have included Wallis Simpson, King Edward VII of England, the Maharaja of Patiala, and Princess Grace of Monaco.