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Cartier A Pair of Art Deco 1930s Clip Brooches

Signed Cartier to one with the serial number 956 with French platinum assay mark. The other marked ‘Cartier’ together with ‘Paris’

Silversmith Biography

Cartier is a French jewellery house founded in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier. The house's history started when Louis-Francois Cartier took over master-craftsman Adolphe Picard's atelier in Paris and began creating elegant jewellery recognisable for the use of platinum. The French aristocracy was soon enchanted by the fine jewellery, andvPrincess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I, made her first purchase in 1856. Three years later, the Empress Eugenie joined the list of Cartier admirers, and in 1859, Cartier opened a boutique on the Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. In 1899, Alfred and his son Louis Cartier created the first fine wrist watch with diamonds. The piece was a great success, and that same year, 1899, a new Cartier boutique was inaugurated in Paris, at 13 Rue de la Paix, that would go on to become the hub of the house's expertise.


Geometric design by Cartier, Paris

Each of rectangular shield shape with stepped edges, set in the middle with a principal rectangular cut diamond flanked by angled parallel trapezium cuts, a fancy cut arrowhead above and below, a channel of baguettes leading up and over the scrolled top, all to a pavé diamond ground, the border accented by baguette and square cut stones, mounted in platinum.

A Pair of Art Deco 1930s Clip Brooches Reference: 22874.1