Of course, as much as I adore my costume pieces for every day, I also appreciate the “real” pieces he gives me for their timeless appeal. My diamond tennis bracelet, simple diamond solitaire pendant, and pearl stud earrings are all destined to become heirlooms for my daughters someday.
Although my personal classics are reasonably affordable, I can’t help admiring (and sighing over, if I am being honest) some of the more elaborate pieces from Harry Winston, Bulgari and of course, Cartier. When I spy advertisements for enormous collars laden with precious rubies, chandelier earrings dripping with emeralds, or an intricate brooch encrusted with sapphires, well… my heart beats a little faster!
The pave diamond bangle panther bracelet from Cartier (pictured) is a perfect example! The PANTHÈRE DE CARTIER BRACELET is platinum and pave diamond, with an onyx nose, onyx spots, and pear-cut emerald eyes. Oh my!
According to the folks at Cartier, “The Maison’s emblematic panther first leaped into the world of Cartier jewelry in 1914. Louis Cartier was a pioneer in taming the legendary creature and his associate Jeanne Toussaint went on to make magnificent use of the icon. The panther has since inspired a timeless and elegant collection of jewelry and timepieces that show the multiple facets of the animal that can be at times bold, regal or sensual.”
In case you are wondering, prices for the bracelet — which has several variations — are not even listed on the company’s website. Vintage panther bracelets run upwards of $10,000, so sadly, a Cartier panther bangle will not be on my list this Christmas!
I was, however, able to source some bracelets that honor the enduring appeal of the panther bangle – at infinitely more affordable prices. Below are my top picks along with pricing information.
I may not have the eye of the tiger, but a panther? Yes, please!
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.