18 Karat Gold, Colored Diamond, Diamond, Onyx and Emerald Bangle-Bracelet, Cartier
- gold, colored diamond, diamond, onyx, emerald
Conceived by Jeanne Toussaint, the enlightened director of Haute Joaillerie for Cartier during their most innovative years, the cat jewels were inspired by Toussaint’s passion for animals and her particular love of felines. Affectionately nicknamed ‘la Panthère’ by Louis Cartier, the jewels resulted from her collaboration with Cartier designer Peter Lemarchand. Together they frequented the Vincennes Zoo in Paris where they studied the cats in residence and captured their feminine, powerful charm in life-like jewels.
The influence of Jeanne Toussaint’s early naturalistic designs has been ever-present in Cartier’s jewels for more than seventy years, as the cats remain one of the jeweler’s most popular motifs around the world.