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Shop It! | jewelry by Marion Fasel 100 Years of Brilliance As the French jeweler Cartier marks a century in America, we celebrate its unforgettable stories and timeless designs—plus those famous fans, from film greats to First Ladies How a necklace Jeanne toussaint wHo WOULDN’T elizabeth landed a building say i do? taylor In 1917, Pierre Cartier Elegant engagement rings established the company’s have been part of Cartier’s American base of operations repertoire since in a glamorously unorthodox the beginning, fashion: He traded a double and its dazzling strand of natural pearls worth designs have $1 million for its flagship Fifth made it onto Avenue mansion. What made the hands the piece so desirable? At the of some of time, years before cultured- demi Hollywood’s most moore pearl farming, divers would high-profile brides. gather oysters holding their tHe aFFair Grace Kelly flaunted her 12- breath (no oxygen tanks yet!) tHat insPired carat emerald-cut diamond and hope that when they pried tHe PantHer engagement ring from Prince the shells open, something Cartier’s unofficial Rainier III of Monaco in her final gorgeous would tumble out. mascot has been film, High Society (1956). When It had taken Cartier years to prowling the Ashton Kutcher proposed to tHose assemble enough perfect—and design studios Cartier collector Demi stuPendous perfectly matched—pearls to since 1914 in one Moore in 2005, he sealed stones make the stunning necklace. form or another, the deal with a vintage In 1969, Cartier sold a 69.42- including black- Cartier ring from 1937. carat diamond to spotted watches Richard Burton for and jewel-encrusted over $1 million— brooches. then the highest Louis Cartier price ever paid originated the for a diamond. motif for his He gave it to wife lover, Jeanne Elizabeth Taylor, keira Toussaint, the knightley who agreed to put the firm’s creative giant gem on display gwen director, whom he at Cartier’s New York and stefani had nicknamed the grace Chicago stores, resulting in Panther. (So much for a no- kelly lines around the block to view romance office policy!) The it. Taylor then showed her American-born Duchess of peachy pear to the world at the Windsor made the fine-jeweled 1970 Oscars. In 2006, Keira felines world famous in the Knightley wore pear-shape e, 1950s, and more recently pop diamond earrings weighing r office and stor The first Cartie still in use today star royal Gwen Stefani rocked more than 10-carats each d circa 1917—an Cartier’s panther ring. to the Golden Globes. InSt yle / oc tob er 20 0 9 275 Shop It! | cartier tank watcH Designed in 1917 and inspired by the lines of then American armored Greatest Hits vehicles in World War I, this timepiece became an instant status symbol when Rudolph Valentino wore one in The Son of the This iconic trio of designs has stood the test of time Sheik (1926). It was later a favorite of Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana, and even then trinity ring and two stylish First Ladies. bracelet Stainless steel watch Jacqueline kennedy Introduced in 1924, this puzzle piece ($4,350), and 18kt yellow gold watch with alligator now features three interlocking bands strap ($6,900); at Cartier. of 18kt gold (yellow for fidelity, pink for love, and white for friendship). Called the rolling ring because of the way it moves up and down the 18kt white, finger, it eventually became a yellow and Jacqueline bisset bracelet too. rose gold Trinity ring, now $1,050; at Cartier. eva anne rachel michelle obama mendes hathaway weisz then Screen Gems Beloved by Hollywood, Cartier creations are now movie mainstays ali macgraw 18kt yellow now gold Love bracelet and screw- driver, $3,850; at Cartier. Jennifer aniston love bracelet sTage OceaN’s IrON MaN sex aND This gold trick jewel appeared in FrIghT eLeveN (2008) The cITy 1970 and can only be put on and (1950) (2001) Gwyneth Paltrow (2008) taken off with its accompanying Marlene Dietrich Brad Pitt sported shared screen Kristin Davis lucy liu screwdriver. Ali MacGraw raised flaunted his own 18kt gold time with a glam donned a deco- the bracelet’s profile after she countless carats and moonstone 18kt white gold inspired Basier du wore it throughout The Getaway in the classic Tank ring in the and diamond Tank Dragon necklace in (1972), with Steve McQueen. Hitchcock thriller. Vegas caper flick. Francaise watch. the movie update.
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