Cartiers SA is a French jewelry and watch manufacturer that has a long and distinguished history of serving royalty, as well as stars and celebrities.
Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier when he took over the workshop of his master.
In 1874, his son Alfred Cartier took over the administration of the company. The future of the Cartier falls to the three Alfred Cartier sons: Louis, Pierre and Jacques. They travel the world, from India to Russia, from the Persian Gulf to the United States. Branches are opened in London in 1902 and New York in 1909. The foundations of the Maison Cartier are laid.
Cartier soon wins fame among the royal courts of Europe. The Prince of Wales, who in 1902 was to become Edward VII, proclaims Cartier "Jeweller of Kings and King of Jewellers", and in 1904 grants the Maison the first Royal warrant as supplier to the court of England. Cartier's creations are marked by the exotic influences of the civilizations that the three brothers discover on their travels.
Today, Cartier creations, whether pieces of high jewelry or contemporary jewelry collections, such as Caresse d'Orchidées par Cartier collection, translate the values of a Maison built on a unique know-how, style and expertise.
Cartier is at present the no. 1 seller of luxury jewelry in the world, and the no. 2 seller of luxury watches.
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