Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design: Big, Bold Luxury

Arguably one of the most iconic motifs in jewelry, the Cartier Panther symbolizes the sensuality and mystery of a woman.  Cartier has used the big cat to embellish rings, necklaces, watches and more in their stunning Panthère de Cartier collection.  The prices of these pieces are often only available by request, signaling the high cost required to own one of their signature pieces.  Panthère de Cartier jewelry design instantly signifies extravagant luxury and bold fashion taste.

History

The panther was a common figure in art and illustrations in the early 1900s.  It was at this time that French illustrator George Barbier created his “Lady with a Panther” for Louis Cartier.  The illustration shows a panther at the feet of a woman who is dressed in an elegant gown.  Cartier’s partner, Jeanne Toussaint, was herself nicknamed “La Panthere” and she took the cat as her emblem.  In the 1920s, Toussaint brought the panther into the world of jewelry by making Panthère de Cartier one of the most recognizable jewelry collections in history.

 

The Maison’s emblematic panther, first leaped into the world of Cartier jewelry in 1914. Louis Cartier was a pioneer in taming the legendary creature and his associate Jeanne Toussaint went on to make magnificent use of the icon. The panther has since inspired a timeless and elegant collection of jewelry and timepieces that show the multiple facets of the animal that can be at times bold, regal or sensual.

Panthere de Cartier High Jewelry Earrings

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

Imagine these stunning Panthère de Cartier earrings on your ears at your next black tie function!  Dozens of brilliant-cut diamonds make every millimeter of the stalking panthers sparkle.

  • 950‰ platinum
  • brilliant-cut diamonds (caratage on request)
  • emeralds
  • onyx

Panthere de Cartier High Jewelry Necklace

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

The Panthère de Cartier Necklace boasts a regal panther reclining at the junction of the lariat.  The onyx and emerald beads hang delicately from the base of the panther.

  • platinum
  • emerald beads
  • emerald eyes
  • onyx
  • baguette-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

Instead of emeralds, sapphires accent this Panthère de Cartier Necklace.  An agate, onyx and platinum panther peers back over its shoulder amidst a circle of diamonds.

  • platinum
  • one 35.80-carat sapphire drop
  • square-shaped, pear-shaped and round-shaped sapphires
  • agate, onyx, baguette-cut, princess-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds

Panthere de Cartier High Jewelry Bracelet

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

Two small panther chase each other around a massive peridot on this Panthère de Cartier Bracelet.  The bracelet itself features diamond and onyx which mimic the spots of the big cat.

  • white gold
  • one 79.89-carat cushion-shaped peridot
  • emerald eyes
  • onyx
  • baguette-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

This stunning Panthère de Cartier Bracelet features unique materials like tsavorite, brown obsidian, and brown diamonds, as well as a massive beryl.

  • yellow gold
  • one 167.64-carat octagonal-shaped light yellowish green beryl
  • brown obsidian
  • pear-shaped tsavorite garnet eyes
  • onyx
  • brown and white brilliant-cut diamonds

Panthere de Cartier High Jewelry Brooch

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

The panther spots in this Panthère de Cartier brooch are not found on the panther body, but on the diamond and onyx bar on which the panther rests.

  • 18K white gold
  • set with 579 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 3.92 carats
  • 5 princess-cut diamonds totaling 0.75 carats
  • emeralds
  • onyx

Panthere de Cartier High Jewelry Ring

 

Panthère de Cartier Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

Of all of Carter’s Panther rings, we especially love this Panthère de Cartier Ring.  A large cushion sapphire sits next to an elegant diamond panther spotted with sapphires.

  • 950‰ platinum
  • one cushion-shaped sapphire
  • 356 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 3.45 carats
  • sapphires
  • emeralds
  • onyx

Panthere de Cartier Watch

 

Cartier’s La Panthère Jewelry Design
Photo courtesy of Cartier

 

The most opulent Panthere de Cartier Watch in the entire collection, this watch is a total stunner.  More jewelry than timepiece, the watch features more than 6 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds.

  • Case made with rhodiumized 18K white gold and set with 168 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.78 carats
  • Dial made with rhodiumized 18K white gold set with 118 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.32 carats
  • Rhodiumized 18K white gold bracelet set with 374 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 5.37 carats
  • Crown decorated with a sapphire, blued-steel sword-shaped hands

So, which of these pieces is your favorite?  Do you want to see even more animal print jewelry?  Make sure to read our guide to the animal print trend in jewelry here.

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