Cartier has seen its jewelry creations transmitted from one generation to the next ever since 1847. With the passage of time, these creations live with those who adopt them, and are thus exposed to temperature differences, pollution, occasional knocks and contact with different surfaces, first among them being the wearer's skin. Since these creations are precious, these jewels deserve all of your care and attention. By entrusting them to Cartier, you will continue to preserve your beloved jewelry for years to come.
In 1895, the Cartier Oval Solitaire engagement ring was unveiled. This has remained a staple in the Cartier lineup and has been copied by every jeweler on the planet since.
Cartier sold the "Blue" Hope Diamond to an American socialite in 1910. The Hope Diamond was long thought to be cursed. Its history can be definitely traced back to 17th Century France. Today, it is housed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Cartier Trinity Ring and Trinity Bracelet came on the scene in 1924. They are named "trinity" for the three colors of gold used in their design.
In the 1920s, Cartier produced an exotic style of jewelry called "Tutti Frutti." These pieces of art featured gemstones from India—rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds—arranged in flamboyant splendor, which satisfied a certain fascination with the East prevalent at that time.
In 1955, Cartier designed a coral necklace for Maria Felix. It is made from carved coral set in platinum with emerald, onyx and white coral beads.