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February 11, 2010 / Monsieur D

Prestigious Cartier platinum brooches on display in San Francisco

An exceptional platinum auction item is currently on display in San Francisco, set to go on sale soon.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, The Cartier panther brooch is currently held by Stephen Silver Fine Jewellery, which describes it as “most important acquisitions in our company’s nearly 30 year history”.

Coming from the collection of “a prominent California family”, the platinum brooch, which is decked in diamond and Burma sapphire, is the second largest brooch ever made by Cartier.

It is modeled on one that used to belong to the Duchess of Windsor, and was commissioned by a wealthy lady who failed to buy the original at an auction in 1986.

Interestingly, the original, made in 1949, is on display in San Francisco right now as part of the ‘Cartier in America’ exhibition at The Legion of Honor.


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