The Cartier Panthère collection – A History Lesson

The Cartier Panthère collection – A History Lesson

The Cartier Panthère collection, an iconic symbol of strength and elegance, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014 with a brand new collection. New York Loan Company, a high-end pawnshop that works with signed jewelry, is extremely familiar with Cartier and all of its collections. The Panthère de Cartier is exceptional not only for its long history but it’s continued popularity for the iconic jewelry house.

Before Jeanne Toussaint took over Cartier’s luxury jewelry department, she was a longtime friend and muse of Louis Cartier. Her nickname? La Panthère. While Cartier had used the animal skin in a few small pieces before, it wasn’t until Louis Cartier created a vanity case with the full animal for Toussaint that the animal was represented in whole.

Years later in 1948 a panther brooch was commissioned for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, this is when the iconic cat took shape into what we recognize today.

After the Duchess of Windsor had her piece, other society jewelry connoisseurs quickly stepped up for a chance at the Panthère. Daisy Fellowes commissioned a brooch modeled after the Order of the Golden Fleece. American Socialite Barbara Hutton liked her Cartier jewelry to have canary yellow diamonds to look like tigers. Princess Nina Aga Khan also commissioned a Panthère brooch, and soon became the largest collector of Cartier Panthère jewelry. The collection features traits that started from the beginning, including sharp green emerald eyes and an expressive face. Nowadays you don’t have to be royalty or a socialite to own a piece of Panthère de Cartier. New York Loan Company sells, purchases and makes pawn loans against all Cartier jewelry and collections, including the iconic Panthère collection.