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Trinity Earrings

About the Design

The Art Deco movement was in full swing and the seductively opulent flapper style was at its peak when Cartier introduced its Trinity collection, a line of minimalist jewelry that now includes Trinity earrings. Although the line broke with the decorative trends in jewelry at the time — the era’s designers looked to African art, crafted geometrically rich diamond brooches and opted to set rings with colorful stones such as coral and turquoise — the Trinity earrings and other pieces in the collection are an example of French elegance, interlacing naturalism and classicism in a simple and timeless way.

Designed in 1924 by Louis Cartier (1875–1942), the grandson of the heritage jewelry house’s founder, the Trinity earrings share the same simple aesthetic as the tricolored Trinity ring. Like the ring's bands, the earrings consist of three connected hoops, each a different type of gold to represent the three phases of a relationship: the white stands for friendship, the pink for love and the yellow for fidelity. The Trinity collection may have debuted with the ring, its three bands forever joined in embrace, but in the decades since its original design, the ring has given way to a broader beloved series of Trinity jewels, including the Trinity necklace, Trinity wedding band, Trinity earrings and more.

While the original Trinity earrings are still in production and the most popular, variations on the motif have yielded a bold reshaping of the hoops, so much so that they’ve ended in a knot on occasion. The jewelry house has also introduced versions that outfit the three hoops with diamonds or colored gemstones. Some iterations are adorned with so many pavé diamonds that the metal beneath is barely visible.

While the Trinity knot itself has appeared in Irish jewelry and has roots in other cultures, Louis Cartier reportedly crafted the now classic and instantly recognizable Trinity ring at the request of his friend Jean Cocteau. The French poet, novelist and Surrealist filmmaker dreamed of Saturn’s rings in his slumber — some several hundred years after they were first observed by Galileo through his telescope — and hoped to see the otherworldly visions brought to life as jewelry. Cocteau was understandably impressed with the modern and richly symbolic accessory that followed.

Trinity earrings have been a staple of Cartier’s collection since they were added to the original, and marquee admirers such as Princess Diana and Gary Cooper contributed to the line’s fame. But thanks to Cocteau’s dream, the design has always had “star power” in the most literal sense.

Cartier Trinity Earrings

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Cartier White Gold Diamond Trinity Earrings
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A sparkly pair of 18k white gold Cartier diamond hoop earrings from the Trinity de Cartier collection. The earrings comprise of 3 intertwined white gold bands with round brilliant cu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hoop Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Cartier Trinity Disc Drop Earrings Set in 18k Yellow, Rose & White Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A beautiful pair of vintage Cartier trinity disc earrings set in 18k yellow, rose and white gold. Each earring depicts a retro take on the traditional trinity design and are set wit...
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Early 2000s Retro Drop Earrings

Materials

Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Cartier Large Trinity Hoop Earrings Set in 18k Rose, Yellow & White Gold
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
A fantastic pair of vintage Cartier trinity hoop earrings set in 18k yellow, rose and white gold. Each earring consists of a large half hoop, designed in the iconic trinity gold co...
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Early 2000s Retro Hoop Earrings

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Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity Diamond Hoop Tri-Color Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Tri-Color (Yellow, White, Rose) Gold Diamond Trinity Earrings by Cartier. With 12 round brilliant cut diamonds VS1 clarity, G color ***Earrings are made for pierced ears*** Deta...
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1990s Hoop Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Gold

Cartier Clip Hoop Trinity Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
These earrings by Cartier are from their Trinity collection and feature a twisted design in tri colour 18ct gold with a clip on back. Complete with a Cartier box. Our Xupes reference...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity Large 18K Tri-Color Gold Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Cartier Trinity Large 18K Tri-Color Gold Hoop Earrings. The Earrings measure 1 inch in length and 3/8 inch in width. Clip on/off closure. 14.46 grams. Signed, 750, serial number.
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Vintage 1980s Hoop Earrings

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Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Diamond 18 Karat Yellow Gold Pink Gold White Gold Trinity Studs Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Tokyo, JP
Brand:Cartier Name:Trinity studs earrings Material:Diamond, 750 K18 YG PG WG Yellow Gold Pink Gold White Gold Weight:16.4g(Pair) Size:H21.19mm×W6.93mm / H0.83in×W0.27in(Approx) Comes...
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1990s More Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Forgorra Vintage Trinity Sapphire 18 Karat Tri-Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier 'Fogorra' vintage Trinity sapphire 18 karat yellow and white gold earrings A beautiful pair of vintage Cartier earrings from the mid 1990's 'Forgorra' collection, crafted in...
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1990s Retro Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity 18 Karat Gold Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Tel Aviv, IL
Cartier Trinity 18 Karat Gold Hoop Earrings 18k Yellow, White, and Rose gold Cartier Trinity hoop style earrings. Diameter of the hoop approx. 2.5 cm. Total Weight: 16 grams
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Early 2000s Hoop Earrings

Materials

Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Cartier Trinity Tri Color 18 Karat Gold Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Feasterville, PA
A fabulous and elegant pair of authentic Cartier hoop earrings featuring 18k white, yellow and rose Cartier gold in a timeless and modern design. They curve gently around the base of...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Trinity 18 Carat Gold Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
These earrings by Cartier are from their Trinity Collection and feature a twisted design in tri colour 18ct gold with a post and push back fitting. Complete with Cartier box. Our Xup...
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2010s Contemporary Hoop Earrings

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Gold

Cartier Medium Size Trinity Hoop Tri-Color Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Tri-Color (Yellow, White, Rose) Gold Medium Size Trinity Hoop Earrings by Cartier. These earrings are for non pierced ears, but they can be converted by adding posts. Details: ...
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20th Century Hoop Earrings

Materials

Gold

Cartier Trinity Diamond Pave Crisscross Yellow Gold Huggie Omega Back Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
The Cartier “Trinity” earrings are made out of 18K yellow gold and diamonds and each of the two earrings weighs 7.35 grams, measuring 0.81” in length and 0.25” in width.
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Early 2000s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier Trinity 18 Karat Gold Ladies Clip-On Earrings, France, Paris, 1995
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
Cartier trinity 18kt gold ladies clip-on earrings. Designer: Cartier Made in France, Paris 1995 Fully hallmarked. Dimension - Size : 2.7 x 2.7 x 1.4 cm Weight : 34 grams Diamonds...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier Diamond Trinity Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful Cartier diamond trinity hoops finely crafted in 18K gold. Cartier box
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2010s Hoop Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Cartier 5-Carat Diamond 18 Karat Yellow Gold Trinity Hoop Vintage Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
These timeless diamond in/out hoop earrings by Cartier are circa 1990's. The earrings feature 82 round brilliant cut diamonds that equal approximately 5.0 CTTW graded E/F color and V...
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1990s Modern Hoop Earrings

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Diamond, White Diamond, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Trinity Earclips
By Cartier
Located in Darnestown, MD
Cartier tricolor gold hoop earrings in a size no longer in production. They measure 7/8" in length and 5/16" in width. Only two smaller sizes are currently made. These earrings are ...
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Late 20th Century Modern Hoop Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Gas Pipe Style 18 Karat Gold Tri-Color Clip Hoop Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Sherman Oaks, CA
Rare, Beautiful Solid 18k Tri-Color Gold (Rose, Yellow, White) Clip Earrings Including Certificate of Authenticity #CR5129 Hallmarked with Cartier 3/4" x 3/8" Total Mass = 27.2 g
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Late 20th Century Hoop Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Trinity Tri-Gold Large Model Wrap Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
These classic earrings from Cartier's Trinity collection feature the perfect fusion of 18k yellow, white, and rose gold. Classic every day elegance. Made in France circa 2000s. Measu...
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Early 2000s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Trinity Earrings in Tri-Color Gold and Diamonds
By Cartier
Located in Houston, TX
Cartier Trinity collection earrings are composed of 18K tri-color gold and round diamonds. Marked on the back "Cartier 1995 D33102 Cartier 750". The diamonds are inset into the cen...
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Late 20th Century Lever-Back Earrings

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Trinity Drop Tri-Color Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Tri-Colored Gold (Yellow, White, Rose) Cartier Trinity Earrings by Cartier. These earrings come with an original Cartier box and a service paper from Cartier store in Japan. The...
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20th Century Drop Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier Large Size Trinity Hoop Tri-Color Gold Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Holland, PA
18k Tri-Color (Yellow, White, Rose) Gold Large Trinity Hoop Earrings by Cartier. These earrings are for pierced ears. Details: Measurements: 26mm x 14mm Weight: 37 grams Stamp...
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20th Century Hoop Earrings

Materials

18k Gold

Cartier France Diamond Gold Trinity Earrings
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Classic elegant "Trinity" earrings. Made, signed and numbered by CARTIER France. 18K yellow gold, encrusted with approximately 2.75 cts. of brilliant white diamonds. 3/4...
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1990s Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

CARTIER Contemporary 3-Tone Trinity Hoop Clip Earrings
By Cartier
Located in Narberth, PA
These fabulous Estate trinity roller earrings are a signed Cartier piece! Made of 18kt yellow gold, each earring is formed by three overlapping hoops, which together form an attracti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Materials

18k Gold