Signed pieces, Cartier.

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Amongst the 200 or so items of jewellery dating from 19th to mid 20th century which I specialise in, I have a number of vintage signed pieces by makers such as Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef and Arpels, Tiffany & Co. etc. I am always being asked for signed pieces not only because of their unique designs but also because of the high standard of quality associated with antique and vintage signed pieces.

Cartier Earrings of Leaf Design in 18 Karat Gold and Diamonds, French circa 1950. £4,500

They are smart and wearable, not flashy, with just a single diamond set to the centre to catch the eye.

Cartier of Paris 18 Karat Gold Humming Bird Brooch, French circa 1950. £3,250


The photos show a pair of Cartier 18 karat yellow gold clip earrings made in Paris around 1950. They are smart and wearable, not flashy, with just a single diamond set to the centre to catch the eye. These are currently in stock.

Cartier was founded in the mid 19th century in Paris by the jeweller Louis-Francois Cartier who ran the business for 50 years before handing over to his son and thereafter his three grandsons. Louis-Francois was the first jeweller to use platinum in his manufacturing of jewellery at the end of the 19th century. His designs were exquisite and so intricate in design that they stood out amongst other jewellery of this period. Today these pieces are very rare to find and command high prices. The family name of Cartier was firmly established by Louis-Francois as an international brand in the 19th century and continues to remain so today.

Cartier jewellery, circa 1900-1930 are highly sought after, whether they were made in London, Paris or New York but they are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. Generally, my stock of vintage signed pieces date from 1940 to 1970 but I particularly like French made diamond and yellow gold cufflinks, earrings, bracelets and necklaces dating from 1900 to 1950. Very stylish and always very popular with clients today who are looking for wearable pieces of daytime jewellery, understated rather than ostentatious.

Coming soon……Changes in fashion… out for my next blog!