Bazaar reveals the rich history behind one of the world’s most cherished brands as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in the U.S.
Cartier introduced its latest out-of-this-world collection of jewelry on the runway of Phillip Lim’s fall show. A modern interpretation of the Trinity design, this celestial set of rings, bracelets, and earrings features a glittering star motif made of diamonds. Cartier Trinity ring with diamonds, $14,400.
In 1956, Prince Rainier gave Grace Kelly a diamond-and-ruby eternity band for their engagement. Everything changed, however, when he visited her in L.A. and noticed that out there, bigger is better. He then purchased Cartier’s 10.47-carat emerald-cut diam.
Released in 1924, this iconic collection boasts three colors of 18-karat gold that symbolize the different stages of a relationship: white for friendship, rose for love, and yellow for fidelity. Cartier Trinity ring, $1,050
An update on the medieval chastity belt and once sold only to couples, the original two-piece Love bracelet, released in 1970, has screws that lock and unlock with a tiny screwdriver, representing never-ending affection. Sofia Coppola and Katie Holmes are.
The six-story Renaissance-style manse in New York City was acquired in 1917 via a trade with a banker for $100 and a double strand of beautiful pearls, which at that time were valued at a million dollars.
Style icon Chloë Sevigny has claimed her most prized piece of jewelry is her Panthère ring. Introduced in 1914, the motif, also available in necklaces, brooches, and pendants, was inspired by Louis Cartier’s fellow jeweler Jeanne Toussaint, who was nick.
In 1969, a 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond went up for auction with such bidders as Richard Burton, Aristotle Onassis, and a Cartier exec (who eventually won the prize). Angered by defeat, Burton bought the piece the next day for $1.1 million to give to T.
Rumor has it that the eccentric Mexican actress entered Cartier’s Rue de la Paix boutique with a small fishbowl containing a pet baby crocodile. She then had the design team create custom interlocking jeweled versions of the creature in the same size.
A style maker from the get-go, Fellowes was the Paris editor for Harper’s Bazaar in the 1930s, and many magazines hailed her as “the world’s most elegant woman.” The daughter of the Duke Decazes and Isabelle Singer (of the sewing machine fortune)