© Written by Rachael Taylor for Upward Curve
The historical magnitude of historical jewellery brands Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels is quite astonishing, just like the diamonds they pride themselves upon.
From the wife of wealthy financier, Morton Plant, to the Duchess of Cambridge, Cartier has been in vogue and in demand since master jeweller Louis-François Cartier took over his mentor’s Parisian workshop in 1847.
When Cartier’s grandson, Pierre, knocked on the door of Plant’s fifth avenue neo-renaissance mansion 65 years later, he fell in love with the place. Plant’s wife fell in love with Cartier’s double-stranded necklace of 128 flawlessly matched natural pearls (valued in 1912 at $1m – close to $20m today) and a deal was done, with Plant pocketing an additional $100 cash. Today, that Manhattan mansion is Cartier’s New York flagship store, and one of three Temples (Historical Maisons) worldwide. Paris’ Rue de la Paix is home to the global headquarters and New Bond Street houses London’s flagship store with an additional 200 boutiques in 125 countries…
This story was originally published in the July-September 2018 edition of Upward Curve magazine. Read the full story here. Main image: Van Cleef & Arpels.