Meet The Doyennes Of Cartier
Only 170 years young, Cartier has become the gold standard for luxe jewellery and classic timepieces for both real women and reel women. Mention Cartier and we immediately think of glamour, sophistication and decadence of Hollywood’s golden age when stars would engage the house to customise unique pieces for special occasions.
Possibly the most well-known jewellery brand in the world, Cartier has created some of the most iconic gems of our time and worn by equally enchanting and iconic women like Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson and Elizabeth Taylor. While many of us own beloved pieces like the Love bracelet, Panthère brooch and Trinity ring, only a handful once owned exclusively-made one-of-a-kind sparklers that have made it into the hall of fame.
These rare gems were worn by some of the wealthiest and most celebrated figures of the silver screen. Take for example the legendary Taylor-Burton diamond — the largest privately-owned gem in the world at 69.42 carat which actor Richard Burton purchased for over a million dollars at a 1969 auction. The diamond was originally cut to be set into a ring, but actress Elizabeth Taylor felt the stone was too large to don, so had it set into a dazzling necklace.
A brand synonymous with love and luxury, Cartier prides in creating pieces that narrate a good love story. And who better subscribes to the romantic notion of fiery passion other than Taylor herself, who has been married eight times? The celebrated actress who was a loyal friend of the Maison even wrote the book ‘My Love Affair with Jewelry’ chronicling her prized possessions, such the heart shaped Taj Mahal Diamond set in an Indian-inspired gold and ruby chain by Cartier.
Other famed pieces of jewellery include her Cartier ruby and diamond necklace and earrings set, gifted by third husband Mike Todd. Another notable piece is the historic La Peregrina pearl that both Taylor and Cartier worked to create a scintillating necklace with diamonds, rubies and matching pearls.
Diamonds are indeed a girl’s best friend, and Marilyn Monroe makes sure to point out that Cartier ranks high on her list of coveted brands in her classic hit song. She and Elizabeth Taylor weren’t the only celebrities to covet Cartier’s potent brand of refined glamour … there was also the gorgeous Grace Kelly, who wed in Cartier.
This fashion icon celebrated her wedding and metamorphosis from Hollywood actress to real life princess with the presentation of a Cartier engagement ring from Monaco’s Prince Rainier III featuring a 10.48 carat emerald cut diamond flanked by two baguette diamonds. At her wedding in 1965, she donned a three-strand diamond Cartier necklace consisting of round- and baguette-cut diamonds, plus a platinum tiara, also by Cartier.
Another beloved princess of the people is Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, whose brand of understated glamour is a look regular women emulate. At her grand wedding to Prince William, she wore a Cartier Halo tiara set with 888 diamonds – a family heirloom passed down from Queen Elizabeth. On a regular day, the duchess is often seen wearing her favourite Ballon Bleu De Cartier watch gifted by her husband on their third anniversary. Whether of royal or cinematic blood, born into wealth or worked to achieve greatness, these women have chosen Cartier as their jewellery of choice, showing their glittering personalities which shine as bright as the diamonds they wear.
*This story was first published in the latest issue of Style:Weddings. Get your copy now for more bridal ideas and inspiration.