Cartier is a French luxury brand that designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells gorgeous jewelry and watches.
Real Authentication authenticates Cartier Jewelry and watches for buyers and sellers all over the world. It is one of our most popular brands to authenticate as it is also a favorite brand for counterfeiters.
French jewelry and watch designer Cartier has been one of the top jewelry brands in luxury retail for many years. One of its most loved and sought-after pieces is the Cartier Love Bangle, a beautiful jewelry statement that symbolizes love and commitment adding a subtle touch of understated elegance and class to any outfit.
The love bangle was first introduced by the brand in the 1970s without serial numbers at first. It has changed in design and styles over the years, but still remains as a timeless piece of jewelry.
As with any other premium high-end brand, Cartier gets its fair share of counterfeiters trying to make a quick profit at your expense, and they are a lot harder to identify than you would think.
Even though the best way to authenticate the brand is by having experts like www.realauthentication.com look at it, it still is crucial to have some general knowledge on what to look for when shopping to spot the fakes before investing your hard-earned money on a pre-loved piece.
Founded by François Cartier in Paris in 1847. Cartier remained under his family’s control until 1964.
The company maintains its headquarters in Paris, France. Although it has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Cartier operates more than 200 stores in 125 countries, with three Temples (Historical Maison) in London, New York, and Paris.
François Cartier trained under Adolphe Picard. In 1874, François’ son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred’s sons who established the brand name worldwide.
moved to Rue de la Paix in 1899 to run the Paris branch. He was responsible for some of the company’s most celebrated designs, like the mystery clocks (a type of clock with a transparent dial and so named because its mechanism is hidden), fashionable wristwatches and exotic orientalist Art Deco designs, including the colorful “Tutti Frutti” jewels.
In 1904, the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was favored not only by Santos-Dumont himself but also by many other customers. The “Santos” watch was Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch. In 1907, Cartier signed a contract with Edmond Jaeger, who agreed to exclusively supply the movements for Cartier watches. Among the team was Charles Jacqueau, who joined Cartier in 1909 for the rest of his life, and Jeanne Toussaint, who was Director of Fine Jewellery from 1933.
On the other hand, Pierre Cartier established the New York City branch in 1909. Moving in 1917 to 653 Fifth Avenue, the Neo-Renaissance mansion of Morton Freeman Plant (son of railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant) and designed by architect C.P.H. Gilbert. The fashion designer bought it from the Plants in exchange for $100 in cash and a double-stranded natural pearl necklace valued at the time at $1 million. By this time, the brand had branches in London, New York, and St. Petersburg. It was quickly becoming one of the most successful watch companies in the world.
Designed by Cartier, the Tank watch model was introduced in 1919 with a design inspired by the newly introduced tanks on the Western Front in World War I.
In the early 1920s, Cartier formed a joint-stock company with Edward Jaeger (of Jaeger-LeCoultre) to produce movements solely for the brand. During this period that they began adding their own reference numbers to the watches, it sold usually by stamping a four-digit code on the underside of a lug. Jacques took charge of the London operation and eventually moved to the current address at New Bond Street.
Regarded as one of the most prestigious jewelry manufacturers in the world. In 2018, it is ranked by Forbes as the world’s 59th most valuable brand.