Learn more about the Most Expensive Cartier Panthère Jewelry

Learn more about the Most Expensive Cartier Panthère Jewelry

Collectors Guide to Cartier Panthère Jewelry
Collectors Guide to Cartier Panthère Jewelry

The Panthère de Cartier jewelry motif is synonymous with the luxury brand and has remained popular with collectors since their very first production in 1914.

Despite changing fashions, the eponymous line continues to be adored by tastemakers and nostalgics alike. Cartier’s rings, necklaces and bracelets have been worn by Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga and Timothée Chalamet. Jay-Z has been photographed wearing a large diamond and onyx Cartier Pantheré ring on multiple occaistions. Today, the Cartier Panthère remains a fixture on and off the red carpet because of its striking design and storied history.

Three Cartier Panthere Rings

History of Cartier Pantheré

Cartier's earliest connection to the panther was an advertisement in 1913 called Dame à la Panthère featuring an elegant model and a sleek black cat. According to some, Louis Cartier chose the panther in tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, who he called his ‘Petite Pantheré (she also famously wore a full-length coat made of panther fur). By the close of 1913, Toussaint had been hired by Cartier to be its director of bags, accessories and objects. The working relationship between Louis Cartier and Toussaint continued, with Cartier imparting his knowledge of gemstones, diamonds, settings and technique, and Toussaint bringing her joie de vivre, relentless creativity and eye for contemporary fashions, especially the graphic and geometric Art Deco movement. In 1933, Toussaint was named director of Cartier’s luxury jewelry department, signaling one of the most recognizable and collectible eras in the house’s history.

Toussaint stepped away from Art Deco and entered the 1940s with a passion for sculptural and three-dimensional panther creations, typically set with white and yellow diamonds, emeralds and onyx. The first Cartier Pantheré jewel was crafted for the Duchess of Windsor, Wallace Simpson in 1948. The Cartier Pantheré brooch was gold and enamel set with a cabochon emerald. The success of the first Cartier Pantheré ring set off a chain reaction with the creation of Cartier Pantheré bracelets, drop earrings and pendants which became hugely desirable among European and American elite.

Modern and vintage Cartier Pantheré jewelry remains popular with collectors.

Most Expensive Cartier Pantheré

Take a closer look at four of the most expensive Cartier Pantheré jewelry set with diamonds and gemstones.

1. Cartier Panthère Necklace-Brooch $711,200

Cartier Panthère Necklace-Brooch Combination

A Cartier Panthère necklace with diamonds, sapphires and onyx sold for $711,200 in 2023. The Cartier Panthère necklace can be worn as a dramatic necklace and also as a brooch and necklace separately. The necklace is flexible and the panther's head turns and the paws move. The Cartier Panthère necklace features sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and onyx. The diamonds, stated to weigh a total of approximately 30.71 carats, are approximately F-G color, VVS-VS clarity. The sapphires, stated to weigh a total of approximately 16.57 carats, are medium blue and slightly included. The emeralds, stated to weigh a total of approximately 0.24 carat, are medium green and slightly included.

2. Cartier Panthère Necklace-Brooch, 1980s $710,00

Cartier Panthère Necklace - Brooch, 1980s

Another iconic Cartier Panthère necklace sold in 2023 for 635,000 CHF or approximately $710,000. This is another spectacular Cartier Panthère necklace featuring a detachable panther pendant but featuring onyx and diamonds. The panther can be worn as a pendant or a brooch. The necklace is completed with pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds and polished onyx. The front is designed as a panther with a polished onyx nose and pear-shaped emerald eyes. This necklace is a prime example of the creative spirit of the Cartier Panther motif.

3. Cartier Panthère Bangle $520,000

Cartier Panthère Bracelet

One of the most expensive Cartier Pantheré bracelets sold for over $520,000 at Sotheby's in 2022. The diamond, onyx and emerald Cartier Pantheré bangle was designed with two contronting panthers. The Cartier bracelet has pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds, highlighted with cabochon onyx spots and nose and pear-shaped emerald eyes and is mounted in platinum and 18 karat white gold.

4. Cartier Panthère Brooch $400,000

Cartier Panthère Brooch

A Cartier Panthère Brooch sold for for 3,300,000 HKD or approximately $420,000 in 2023. The signature panther is designed in pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds and highlighted with buff-top sapphires, with an onyx nose and pear-shaped emerald eyes. The brooch celebrates the panther's elegance, grace, power, and exquisite craftsmanship of the heritage house.

Buying and Selling Cartier Pantheré at Sotheby's

While none of these spectacular Cartier Panthère prices are available, Sotheby's has several ways to buy Cartier Panthère jewelry. We have jewelry auctions in New York, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong every year with a curated selection of rare and collectible Cartier Panthère jewelry. Sotheby's also has a curated selection of Cartier Panthère jewelry available for immediate purchase through our marketplace. You can also contact a Salon Associate in New York or Bucherer in Zurich to learn more about viewing and purchasing Cartier Panthère jewelry at Sotheby's. If you have Cartier Panthère jewelry to sell, you can contact a Jewelry Specialist to learn more about your selling options.

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