A French family-owned company from 1847, Cartier made its name by decorating the necks and hands of the most elite of the world, including Prince of Wales Edward VII, the Rockefeller family, and royals from Monaco, Spain, etc.. Housing itself in the Place Vendome in Paris, Cartier created a brand and a place in fashion history.
Today, Cartier remains one of the great jewelry leaders known. Swallowed up by the conglomerate of Richemont (who also own Van Cleef & Arpels, Mont Blanc and Net a Porter), the brand has become widespread and well known, a staple in the luxury goods world. Iconic pieces like the gold panther rings, Panthos watches, and the beloved Trinity line keep the brand up and running.
But the true beauty, the true art form is in the couture line. Or the fine jewelry. This is where the artistry takes place, where the exquisite details come to life. It is also the place where their history comes alive and remains relevant.
I guess I can say that I am a purist, so I am captivated by the couture pieces. Just receiving one piece for an anniversary, I can tell you that to have such is an honor and a privilege. Like owning a Degas, a Picasso, a Warhol. The pieces are works of art that take you to another place in time.
They also take you to a place on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The beautiful storefront held the dinner after a private viewing of all the glorious sparkles.
|With CEO and President of Cartier North America, Emmanuel Perrin, I'm wearing vintage YSL|
There are few times in life when we get to dress up and pretend to be a princess. The clock always strikes, and the dreams always come to an end. But it sure is nice to walk in those glass slippers for a while...
|Enjoying my panther afterwards at Chateau Marmont with friends (photo courtesy of Jessica Robin Trent)|