Cartier, now a subsidiary of Richemont, has been the world’s most celebrated luxury jeweler and watch manufacture. The French luxe mills carry the name of the Cartier family who were in the business of making jewelry and elite watches. Some of their famous work includes the ‘Bestiary’ that was the best illustrated by the Panthère brooch of the 1940s created for Wallis Simpson. There was also the diamond necklace specially made for Bhupinder Singh the Maharaja of Patiala and also the first practical watch in 1904 by the name “Santos.”
The company is seated in Paris and boasts a long exclusive history of catering to the needs and whim of royalty along with several stars and celebrities. One Prince of Wales was swept off his feet with the pieces made by the company and called it the “Joaillier des Rois, Roi des Joailliers” which means Jeweller to Kings, King of Jewelers. The company also received an order for 27 tiaras for the coronation of the future king.
Somewhere in mid 1990s the company also had its pieces exhibited by the Lausanne Hermitage Foundation in Switzerland. The event was called the “Splendours of the Jewellery” that showed a hundred and fifty years of artistic creation by Maison Cartier. As of today, Cartier has more than 200 stores in 125 countries and four emblematic boutiques worldwide. This is perhaps why we nominated them in our list of Bijoux and Bling. Click here to vote for this nominee.