Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald Ring, 'Panthère', Cartier
- Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald, White Gold
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Beauty of Beasts
Throughout history, panthers have long been seen as embodiments of strength and elegance. Such were the characteristics that Cartier's creative director of jewellery, Jeanne Toussaint, drew on when she introduced the truly untamed and fascinatingly fierce panther into their bejeweled menagerie. Bearing the nickname 'Panthère' herself given by Louis Cartier, Toussaint channelled unparalleled beauty through these predatory beasts that led the pack of Cartier's magnificent creatures, by embellishing the regal cat with diamonds and precious jewels.
Fierce yet graceful, Cartier's iconic panther collection prowled through the century as an emblem of fearless femininity, crowning esteemed jewellery connoisseurs such as the Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, Princess Nina Aga Khan, Nina Dyer, and Barbara Hutton. In 2010, Sotheby's London offered the onyx and diamond panther bracelet formerly owned by the Duchess of Windsor, which was sold for a stunning £4.2 million; the highest price a bracelet has ever been sold at any auction at the time, and the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction at the time.
Bold and noble in equal measure, this stunning ring of a panther - poised yet relaxed in its glory, continues to celebrate the untamed spirit and the fascinating legend of Panthère de Cartier. Provocative and proud, the panther rests over the soft curves of the fingers; its emerald-gaze transfixed as the sapphire and diamond-set coat dazzles in bejewelled splendour. The royal cat has become far more than a jewel; it is now a classical icon.