Cartier is a French conglomerate of luxury goods. The brand does all their own designing and manufacturing of jewelry and watches. Cartier has more than 200 stores in 125 countries and has three Temples in London, New York and Paris – a temple being a historical maison.
The jeweler was founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847 but it was actually his three grandsons – Louis, Pierre and Jacques – that made the name into what it is today.
Louis was head of the Paris branch and is behind the mystery clocks, the colorful ‘Tutti Frutti’ jewels and many more well-known Cartier items. Louis Cartier was a close friend of the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont and designed him a wristband, as Santos-Dumont had complained about flying using a pocket watch. The Santos watch was named after the famous aviator and was Cartier’s first wrist watch for men.
Cartier is known to be worn by both celebrities and royals alike. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bought a 69.42 carat diamond in 1969 which was amply named the Burton-Taylor Diamond. The luxury jeweler is also the purveyor to kings and queens across the world – from the UK and Spain to Belgium and Albania.
The Love bracelet was created in 1969 and has been world-known ever since. To this day the different variations of bracelets and rings are still spotted on celebrities of all ages.
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