With clients ranging from Hollywood celebrities to European royalty, Cartier remains one of the most popular design houses in the world.
Discover why Diamond Estate is the best place to sell Cartier jewelry.
Established in Paris by Louis-François Cartier in 1847, the House of Cartier has always been associated with the highest quality jewelry design in the world. From the grandeur of La Belle Époch through the eclectic geometric designs of the Art Deco movement and throughout the late 20th century, Cartier has created some of the most iconic pieces in the history of jewelry design. Their consistent excellence in both craftsmanship and design have kept them at the forefront of jewelry making and made the name Cartier synonymous with luxury and elegance.
At Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers, we specialize in the purchase of important Cartier estate jewelry. From Cartier diamond rings and bracelets to vintage Cartier watches, you can expect the very highest cash offers for your Cartier items. Having served thousands of happy clients nationwide, Diamond Estate is where you can sell Cartier jewelry with complete confidence.
It all starts with a completely free consultation and market appraisal of your Cartier estate jewelry or timepiece. We can handle this entirely via or email or phone, whichever is most comfortable for you. Contact us now to discover how much your item is worth is worth in the marketplace, and how much more money Diamond Estate can get you versus other jewelry buyers or websites.
With an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and hundreds of five star reviews, Diamond Estate Jewelry Buyers is the safe and smart way to sell items from famous Cartier jewelry and watch collections, including Garland, Panther, Love, Juste un Clou, Tutti Frutti, Mystery Clock, Ballon Bleu, Roadster, and more.
Real Reviews From Customers
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How to Sell Antique Cartier Jewelry & Vintage Watches
If you would like to sell antique Cartier jewelry or sell a vintage Cartier watch, you may wish to learn a little bit more about the history of Cartier and their position within the world of fine jewelry. We also will share with you all the information we know about your item when you contact Diamond Estate for a free consultation and evaluation.
Earliest Days of the Maison Cartier
The House of Cartier originally established itself as a retailer rather than a design firm, and sold a variety of luxury goods, including silverware, porcelain, and bronze busts, as well as jewelry and watches. Jewelry design during this time reflected the tastes of the era, including Gothic and Renaissance Revival styles.
While not particularly original, these early pieces were increasingly recognized for their exemplary execution and fine workmanship. By 1853, Louis-Francois was able to secure the patronage of Princess Mathilde, the cousin of Napoleon III, beginning a long association of Cartier with royalty and the upper echelons of society.
In 1874 Alfred Cartier took over the company from his father Louis-Francois, and in 1898 he moved the firm to the 13 rue de La Paix, the epicenter of the French luxury trade. In addition to housing some of the most famous jewelry firms of the day, the rue de La Paix was also home to the great fashion houses, particularly Worth. Together, the firms of Cartier and Worth helped Paris become the center of luxury fashion, securing a steady stream of elite clients from all over the world.
Cartier & The Garland Style
After Cartier’s move to the rue de La Paix, Alfred was joined by his 21 year old son Louis, and the modern history of Cartier began, with a shift in emphasis from retailing to manufacture and design. Although Cartier produced a few pieces in the Art Nouveau style during this period, it was the young Louis’s innovation with platinum that set Cartier apart.
By combining technological advances in the platinum manufacturing process with recently discovered diamond deposits in South Africa, Louis Cartier created the Garland style. Platinum was worked into extremely fine threads, and its inherent strength allowed for delicate settings with multiple diamonds without making the pieces too heavy to wear.
Louis Cartier also encouraged his designers to wander the streets of Paris and sketch the varied styles of decoration used in the city’s architecture, and these sketches provided inspiration for the garland style. These pieces incorporated flowers, laurel wreaths, and garland motifs in tiaras, stomachers, lavalieres, and corsage ornaments, as well as hair ornaments like tiaras and diadems.
Cartier’s garland style of diamond jewelry are among the most valuable of Cartier’s antique jewelry, and an item in which Diamond Estate specializes. You can get a free appraisal and generous cash offer by contacting us today.
“The Jeweler of Kings, the King Among Jewelers”
While Louis ran the company in Paris, Alfred Cartier’s other sons branched out to open other shops: Pierre in New York and Jacques in London. The London branch was opened based largely on the successful relationship Cartier had forged with Edward, Prince of Wales.
The popular prince once described the Maison Cartier as “Jeweler to Kings, and the King of Jewelers” — a celebrity endorsement that carried real weight with London’s leading families.
In fact, when the prince was crowned King Edward VII in 1902, Cartier was commissioned to produce a staggering twenty-seven tiaras by London’s elites.
Cartier’s connections to royalty grew, and the Maison Cartier was awarded 15 royal patents between 1904 and 1939, including the courts of Russia, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Siam.
Tiaras were created for Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Elizabeth, Queen of the Belgians, and Queen Victoria-Eugenie of Spain. Perhaps no royal tiara is as famous as the “Halo Tiara.” Originally commissioned in 1936 for the Duchess of York and future Queen Elizabeth, the “Halo Tiara” was worn by Princess Margaret in 1955, and most recently in 2011 when Kate Middleton was married to Prince William.
Art Deco Cartier Jewelry
While not named as such until after World War I, the Art Deco movement was well underway before the outbreak of the first World War. Stemming from an unprecedented connection between art, theater, and literature, the movement is characterized by vivid color and bold geometric shapes.
Cartier’s art deco pieces include colorful gems like jade and lapis, combined with contrasting opaque and translucent stones like onyx and diamonds. These striking combinations were then coupled with the geometric influence of Cubist painters and the continued exotic influence of Egypt and the Far East.
Cartier’s art deco pieces included pieces in the style known that became known as “tutti frutti.” Inspired by his travels to India, Jacques Cartier used ancient carved Mughal stones, most notably emeralds, set in contemporary mountings. Combining these emeralds with rubies and sapphires, Cartier created a multi-gem style that seemed to resemble berries or bright hard candies. These Tutti Frutti pieces increased the demand for art deco fine jewelry, and are still highly prized today.
Discover how to sell Cartier Tutti Frutti jewelry for the highest possible price by contacting Diamond Estate today.
Jeanne Toussaint and the Cartier Panther
The panther motif had long been popular Europe before Cartier created a diamond and onyx watch, the first Cartier piece in the “peau de panthere” style.
In 1917 Louis Cartier designed the first fully representational panther on a black onyx vanity case for Jeanne Toussaint, his creative director affectionately known as “Panther.”
While not a designer herself, Toussaint oversaw Cartier’s jewelry department for several decades, and is widely credited with many key design ideas, including the now iconic panther series of jewels.
Perhaps the most famous panther piece was created for the Duchess of Windsor in 1952. A fully articulated bracelet with diamonds and black onyx, the piece was sold at auction in 2010 for seven million dollars, making it the most expensive bracelet ever sold at auction.
The first Cartier wrist watches were produced for ladies in the late 1800s, and featured pave-set diamonds with silk straps or seed pearl bracelets. In 1904, Cartier’s great friend, the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, asked Louis to fashion watch that could be used during flights. Louis created the “Santos,” the first wristwatch designed for men, which he successfully promoted to the Parisian aristocracy.
The first Santos went on sale commercially in 1911, and Cartier wristwatches for gentlemen soon became a status symbol for the rich. This timeless design is still produced today, in much the same form as the original.
Cartier went on to produce many innovative and original watches, using their ability to produce the timepieces in house to actually guide the fashion trends. The “Tank” wristwatch was introduced in 1917, and was Cartier’s most famous model. Inspired by the new war machines the Americans introduced to Europe, the “Tank” was a sturdy and beautiful watch, and soon became a classic.
Today’s Cartier watches include the classic “Tank,” the “Tank Francaise,” a sports watch that traces its lineage to the original “Santos,” and the popular ladies watches, “the Pasha” and the “Panther.”
In addition, two of the most coveted of Cartier’s contemporary watches are the Ballon Bleu, with its elegant design and perfectly round case, and the Roadster, which was introduced in 2001 and has a distinct tonneau-shaped case, as well as the mysterious day and night watch known as the Rotonde de Cartier.
Ready to Sell a Cartier Watch?
At Diamond Estate, we are more than just experts in important estate jewelry and large diamonds, we have deep experience in buying and selling the most valuable vintage watches.
Along with Rolex and Patek Philippe, Cartier is one of the fine watch brands that we regularly purchase from clients nationwide, including highly collectable models, such as the Pave Diamond Large Ballon Bleu, the Platinum Tortue Tourbillon Ascensionnel, and the White Gold 42mm Pasha with Diamonds.
Contact us today to discuss your timepiece and learn why so many people have chosen us as the best place to sell a Cartier watch and fine jewelry.
Sell a Cartier Love Bracelet to Diamond Estate
Few things indicate the never ending nature of love like the circle. The simple wedding band has a long history as a symbol of everlasting commitment, and the unbroken circle has been the symbol for eternity as far back as humans have used symbols. When the Love Bracelet was designed for Cartier, another circle became instantly associated with eternal and inseparable love.
Cartier’s Love Bracelet has evolved a bit since its first iteration, but the famed bracelet is now considered not just chic, but iconic, and its popularity remains high with everyone from A-list celebrities to anyone, man or woman, who sees in its simplicity the most fashionable statement of love and commitment.
Origins of the Cartier Love Bracelet
The Love Bracelet was designed for Cartier by Aldo Cipullo in New York City in 1969. The young Italian designer was a student of history, and was fascinated by the stories of medieval warriors who locked their wives in metal chastity belts as a way to prove their fidelity.
Cipullo’s design was a deliberate echo of the chastity belt: unlike most bracelets that either slip over the wrist or can be easily opened, the Love Bracelet features a distinct locking mechanism that opens with a special screwdriver supplied with each one. The bracelet opens into two C shaped halves, and is screwed in place with the matching tool.
It is this special nature of the clasp that set the piece apart as a ‘couples only’ bracelet. In fact, Cartier initially declared that customers would not be allowed to purchase a Love Bracelet for themselves — they could only be purchased by couples who would surrender their opening screwdrivers to one another.
The Celebrity of the Cartier Love Bracelet
As part of the initial marketing of the Love Bracelet, Cartier presented “his-and-hers” bracelets to 25 famous couples from the world of business, sports, entertainment, and high society, and the Love Bracelet was an almost instant hit.
Offered to each other in light hearted “ceremonies” at Cartier’s Fifth Avenue Boutique, Love Bracelets were exchanged by notable couples who ‘locked’ each other’s bracelets in place. In addition, the couples formally exchanged screwdrivers, a further representation of the singularity of their commitment to one another — a figurative way of “holding the key to someone’s heart.”
The marketing campaign worked beyond Cartier’s wildest dreams, and the Love Bracelet found its way to the wrists of high profile celebrity couples like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen.
Soon there was a waiting list to get one, and they became so popular that some New York City hospitals kept a Love Bracelet screwdriver on hand in case patients needed to have it removed in an emergency. The phrase, “Do you love me enough for a Cartier Love Bracelet?” even enjoyed a period of time as a well known cultural reference.
The Contemporary Love Collection
As times changed, the Love Bracelet evolved as well, from a fairly simple, plated band with its iconic “slots” to over thirty variations available in platinum, yellow, white, and rose gold, with colored gemstones and diamonds added to certain pieces as well.
Building on the success of the Love Bracelet, there is now an entire Love Collection that includes rings, cufflinks, and earrings. No longer bound by the ‘couples only’ restrictions, Love Bracelets remain a favorite of everyone from the everyday chic to A-list celebrities — Kanye West actually wears three at once!
Contact Diamond Estate today to sell a Cartier Love Bracelet, sell a Cartier Love Ring, or sell any item from the Cartier Love Collection.