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Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle inspired by medieval chastity belts.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.

Average Sold Price
US$6,589
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Iconic Designs from Cartier
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Love Ring
Love Ring
Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
Trinity Ring
Trinity Ring
Love Bracelet
Love Bracelet
Cartier 18K Gold Diamond Rose Flower Brooch and Earrings Set
By Cartier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An 18 karat gold and diamond rose flower brooch and matching earrings created by Cartier of France. The set has a Florentine finish to the petals with 15 full cut diamonds in the bro...
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1960s Modernist Vintage Cartier

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Vintage Cartier Ellipse Emerald Band Ring Set in 18k Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful vintage Cartier 'Ellipse' emerald band ring set in 18k yellow gold. From the now discontinued Ellipse collection, the ring is solely set with a vibrant oval cut green ...
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1990s Retro Cartier

Materials

Emerald, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond Citrine Platinum Flower Head Brooch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Designed as a flower head with foliage, this 1960s Cartier piece is comprised of platinum, luminous diamonds and vibrant citrine combined to form an elegant and pristine brooch. Si...
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1950s Vintage Cartier

Materials

Citrine, Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Large White Gold Tank Louis
By Cartier
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Classic Cartier known as the Tank Louis watch is stunning in 18kt white gold accented with 40 diamonds on the original black alligator watch band and comes with a pink alligator band...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

  • Cartier Large White Gold Tank Louis
  • Cartier Large White Gold Tank Louis
  • Cartier Large White Gold Tank Louis
  • Cartier Large White Gold Tank Louis
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W 1.01 in. L 1.33 in.
Cartier Rare Art Deco Panthere Ladies 18k Yellow Gold Diamond & Enamel Set Dial
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A 22 mm Very Rare 18k Yellow Gold Art Deco Diamond & Enamel Set Panthere Ladies Wristwatch, pavé diamond and black enamel set dial, a fixed 18k yellow gold bezel set with 9 round bri...
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20th Century Cartier

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Cartier Love 18K Yellow Gold Narrow SM Bracelet 16
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We fell in love with this Cartier Love bracelet at first glance. Look at its gorgeous yet subtle accents and picture how it will beautifully sit on your wrist and charm your peers. T...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Love 18K Yellow Gold SM Narrow Bracelet 16
By Cartier
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We fell in love with this Cartier Love bracelet at first glance. Look at its gorgeous yet subtle accents and picture how it will beautifully sit on your wrist and charm your peers. T...
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2010s Contemporary Cartier

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Love Bracelet Yellow Gold Classic
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
A child of 1970s New York, the LOVE collection remains today an iconic symbol of love that transgresses convention. The screw motifs, ideal oval shape, and undeniable elegance establ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Cartier

Materials

Yellow Gold

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Cartier jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

Find Cartier jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items has been designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Cartier jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Cartier diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look from our inventory of 1,775. This collection contains 3,798 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Sapphire and diamond are among the most popular styles of Cartier jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Chopard, Sicis Jewels and Rolex. Prices for Cartier watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $175 and tops out at $3,300,000. Pieces like these can sell for $7,873.
Questions About Cartier
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A Cartier engagement ring can cost between $3,000 and $800,000. The price depends on the diamond's carat weight and quality.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A Cartier solitaire engagement ring price varies depending on material, stone, setting and caratage. Shop a variety of Cartier solitaire engagement rings on 1stDibs.com.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 5, 2021
    A Rolling Ring is a trinity ring, also known as a Russian wedding band. It is a type of ring design that has three interlocking bands. These bands that form the ring are solid metal, which can be two-toned, tri-color, or gold. Find a range of antique and vintage rolling rings on 1tsDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most Cartier watches are quartz, but the iconic Tank watch is automatic. While quartz watches work due to a pre-installed battery, automatic watches use a spring system and are self-winding.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Cartier pieces may be cheaper in Paris than they are in the U.S., but that's because of the exchange rate. Cartier doesn't price the pieces depending on the country.