Exotic Flower

Spectacular vintage turquoise and diamond brooch by Cartier, circa 1970

For generations, the floral world has held a special place among the creations of Cartier. Brooches, rings and necklaces in the shape of blooming flowers are included in almost every annual collection produced by the French jewellery house. The brooch listed here is a particularly beautiful example, designed and created in the 1970s. Flowers and floral motifs have been popular with Cartier's goldsmiths since the years leading up to 1900. The Garland Style relied entirely upon the radiance of white diamonds, often mounted in the shape of flowers. It was not until the Art Déco period that color was reintroduced as an element of jewellery design; since then, colour has been an integral part of floral jewels. Countless impressive examples of precious flower brooches of the Maison Cartier can be found in the book Hans Nadelhoffer: Cartier, London 2007. Here, diamonds of premier quality as well as carefully selected turquoise cabochons are set in high-carat gold. The blue and white petals overlap, meeting at the diamond-studded centre. Through a subtle spatial staggering of the elements of the flower, the design displays a beautiful three-dimensional quality, made even more striking by its vivid colouring. The brooch features a double pin, designed to securely hold the piece in place on a lapel or on a thick pullover. A bar for added security can be placed over the pins once closed, in order for the brooch to stay reliably in place. Its craftsmanship, design and use of materials allow us to date the brooch the years around 1970. It is a first class jewel, and a true conversation piece.

"Tiffany! Cartier! Come on Harry Winston, tell me all about it!" Like no other jeweler in the world, the name Cartier is synonymous with first-class jewelry from a world of luxury. The house on the Place Vendome is particularly famous for the luxurious commissions of Edward VIII for his wife Wallis Simpson, who commissioned such sensational pieces in Paris as the large flamingo brooch, which was recently auctioned at Sotheby's. Today, as then, Cartier's goldsmith's work is a safe store of value and enchanting miniature works of art in their own right. However, sought-after vintage objects from the company are rarely on the market, as ladies who have once owned a piece of Cartier jewellery are too reluctant to part with it again.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.