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Panthère de Cartier Bracelet
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Panthère de Cartier Bracelet

About the Design

Purchased by the Duke of Windsor for his wife, the Duchess of Windsor — otherwise known as Wallis Simpson — in 1952, the original Panthère de Cartier bracelet is more like a sculpture for the wrist than a piece of jewelry. It features a diamond-and-onyx-encrusted panther with marquise-cut emerald eyes positioned as if they were fixated on prey. Craftsmen at the internationally acclaimed French jewelry house Cartier had already introduced similarly themed pieces, and the Duchess was by then an ardent admirer of the motif


The panther motif was not a novel concept created specifically for the bracelet. It was instead a long-established icon for Cartier. While the brand was launched in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, it was his grandson Louis Cartier who incorporated the feline figure into its design lexicon. In 1914, Cartier hired illustrator George Barbier to design advertisements for the jewelry house. Barbier drafted a drawing that featured a glamorous woman with an elegant panther at her feet and Cartier loved it. He had an additional connection to the panther in the form of his alleged romantic interest, fellow Cartier designer Jeanne Toussaint, who adored the animal so much that she decorated her apartment with furs and donned a coat of panther fur. Cartier gave her the long-lasting nickname Panthère.


While panthers appeared on Cartier vanity cases and more in as early as 1917, the icon didn’t take on its best-known three-dimensional form until the late 1940s, when the Duke of Windsor purchased a brooch from the house for his wife. This piece, designed by Toussaint — the first of at least two brooches bought by the Duke in this era — featured a gold panther lying atop a cabochon emerald. The couple ordered a panther clip in 1949 — this one accompanied by a 152.35-carat Kashmir cabochon sapphire — followed by the bracelet three years later. While the bracelet is not accompanied by a large gem, it stands out from its predecessors in that its form is articulated so that its linked pieces can move along the wrist rather than remain fixed in place.


The Windsors were not the only customers enamored of Cartier’s panther. Socialites and royalty purchased their own cat jewels from Cartier over the years. Since then, the brand has released numerous Panthère pieces, from the 1983 Panthère de Cartier watch to the 1987 Panthère de Cartier perfume. A special collection of panther-adorned jewelry debuted in 2014 to celebrate the centennial of the icon, although none can quite compare to the Duchess’s original bracelet — it fetched $7 million at auction in 2010.

Cartier Panthere Bracelet

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Cartier Diamond Five Walking Panther Bangle
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
An extraordinary piece embodying Cartier’s most iconic creature, the great Panther, crafted in 18k white gold set with an opulence of brilliant-cut diamonds and emerald amongst five ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bangles

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthère 18 Karat White Gold, 1.00 Carat Diamond Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
The Cartier “Maillon Panthère” bracelet is made of 18K white gold and embellished with diamonds that boast E color and VVS clarity and amount to approximately 1.00 carat. The bracele...
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21st Century and Contemporary More Bracelets

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier 3.36 Carat Diamond Maillon Panthere 18 Karat White Gold Link Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bracelet is comprised of rectangular cushion links Alternating smooth polished links with bead set diamond links Round brilliant cut diamonds weigh approximately 3.36 carat; G/H co...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Link Bracelets

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Panthère 18K Yellow Gold 4.33 Carat Diamond, Emerald and Onyx Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Southampton, PA
The Cartier “Panthère” bracelet is made of 18K yellow gold and embellished with emerald and onyx stones and with diamonds that feature EF color and VVS clarity and total 4.33 carats....
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21st Century and Contemporary Bangles

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Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond and Black Onyx Panthère Cuff Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Greenwich, CT
Panthère cuff bracelet, designed in the form of a panther head with curving tail, with pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds and various-shaped buff-top black onyx 'spots', the eyes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cuff Bracelets

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panthère Double Headed Bangle in Stainless Steel and 18k Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful vintage 1980's Panthère de Cartier bangle set in stainless steel and 18k tri coloured gold. This incredibly stylish bangle is composed of two solid yellow gold panther he...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Bangles

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Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Panthere Stainless Steel Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A fabulous Cartier bracelet circa 1990s' showcasing the iconic Panthere motifs crafted in 18k yellow gold. The bracelet is crafted in stainless steel with bands of 18k yellow streami...
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1990s Bangles

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Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Diamond and Emerald Elephant Maillon Panthère Bracelet in Yellow Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A simply stunning Cartier Paris Elephant Maillon Panthère bracelet set in solid 18k yellow gold; circa early 1980's. The bracelet is composed of a central panel which depicts a fami...
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Vintage 1980s Retro Modern Bracelets

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Diamond, Emerald, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Panther Panthere Diamond Emerald Onyx White Gold Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k White Gold Diamond Onyx Emerald Panther Panthere Bangle Bracelet by Cartier. With 194 round brilliant cut diamonds VVS1 clarity, E color total weight approx. 1.37ct 4 emeralds, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bangles

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Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, White Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold and Hematite Panthere Cuff Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 18k yellow gold and hematite cuff bracelet from the Panthere de Cartier collection. The bracelet is composed of 2 hematite Panther heads facing each other, joined together by the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cuff Bracelets

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Hematite, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Maillon Panthère Five-Row Gold Link Bracelet with Diamonds
By Cartier
Located in Houston, TX
Cartier Maillon Panthère five-row gold link bracelet in 18K yellow gold with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The center portion has 19 links that are pavé-set with four diamonds each t...
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1990s Link Bracelets

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Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Onyx Emerald White Gold Panther Bangle Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary

Cartier 1980 Flexible 18 Karat Panthere Bracelet Cuff Emerald Eyes
By Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This amazing bracelet is unique and discontinued. This cuff is flexible and easy to wear. It fits a multitude of wrists as it is an open cuff. I am a 6 1/2 and it fits me perfect ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Cuff Bracelets

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Emerald, 18k Gold

Cartier Panthere 18 Karat Gold, Lacquer, Tsavorite Garnets, Onyx Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Bracelet Size: 16 cm - 19 cm Designer: Cartier Collection: Panthere de Cartier Style: Bangle/Bracelet Metal: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bangles

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Onyx, Tsavorite, Garnet, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Cartier Panthere Tsavorite Garnet Lacquer 18 Karat Gold Double Chain Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Panther Bracelet by Cartier crafted in 18k Yellow Gold Featuring Solid Gold Panther Centerpiece.The panther head is enhanced with black lacquer detailing and set with gorgeous tsavor...
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2010s Modern Chain Bracelets

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Garnet, Tsavorite, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trio of Gold, Blackened Steel Panther Cuffs
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A set of three, 18 karat gold and blackened steel, slim panther cuffs, by Cartier, c. 1980s. Each signed Cartier and numbered.
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Vintage 1980s Modern Cuff Bracelets

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Gold, Steel, 18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier 18 Karat Tri-Color Gold Double Head Panther Bypass Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier solid 18k rose, white and yellow gold bracelet with a fine polished finish. This elite piece features a double panther head set in a bypass design. The bracelet is 13mm wide ...
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2010s Modern Bangles

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18k Gold

Cartier White Gold Panthere Cuff Bangle Lacquer Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier's new Collection of fine jewels looks to the past and the future in its interpretation of precious flowers, panthers and other wild things. For sale this amazing 18k white g...
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2010s Modern Bangles

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow and White Gold Maillon Panthère Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
This Bracelet by Cartier is from their Maillon Panthère collection and features their signature link design, made in 18k Yellow & White Gold. The Bracelet length is 18cm and the widt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Link Bracelets

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18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Panthere de Cartier Collection Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Cartier exquisitely crafted this scarce bangle in 18KT yellow gold and Hematite. It features the iconic Cartier pouncing Panthers replete with golden eyes. The gold section of the ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Bangles

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18k Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold and Hematite Panthere Cuff Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 18k yellow gold and hematite cuff bracelet from the Panthere de Cartier collection. The bracelet is composed of 2 hematite Panther heads facing each other, joined together by the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Cuff Bracelets

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Hematite, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond, Onyx and Emerald Panther Gold Bracelet
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary