Tiffany vs Cartier Engagement Rings
Cartier engagement rings are similar in reputation, status and price to Tiffany engagement rings. Because Cartier has such a long and distinguished history, prices are steep – so steep, in fact, that they are available only upon request.
Cartier was established in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, in Paris, France. By 1900, it had become an established jewelry institution, and monarchs and aristocrats traveled from around the world to own a piece of Cartier jewelry. By the early 20th century, Cartier had expanded its reach internationally and serviced numerous kings and queens worldwide. They went on to create some of the most influential watches, clocks and rings that are still popular today.
The great thing about Cartier engagement rings is that because Cartier is such a historic brand, you can find the rings in other places that have been inspired by Cartier, which are usually just as elegant and beautiful. Many different companies give you the option to design your own ring (more on that later), so if you fall in love with a particular Cartier style, you can always replicate it as closely as possible to the original design and save thousands of dollars.
Here you’ll find one of the simplest yet most classic styles that Cartier has to offer:
Cartier Engagement Ring
Perhaps the most iconic piece of Cartier jewelry is the Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond was believed to have been brought to Europe by the French businessman Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. He later sold it to Louis XIV, who cut and set the diamond to his liking. A century and a half later, during the French Revolution, thieves broke in to the palace and stole it. Historians are unsure how it made its way over to England, but by the middle of the 19th century, the Hope family became its new owners (the diamond was also named after them). When Pope Henry Phillip died, his three nephews battled for a decade over who should be in charge of his estate. His jewelry collection was eventually split between the three boys, and the eldest of them received the Hope Diamond.
Here’s a picture of the Hope Diamond in the Cartier setting:
Hope Diamond Cartier Necklace
Cartier bought the stone at the beginning of the 20th century and reset and placed 16 diamonds along the circumference and sold it to Evalyn Walsh McLean, an America socialite. Today, it is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
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