Cartier was founded in 1847 by the French jewler Louis Francois Cartier (1819 - 1904)
Louis Francois Cartier strated the company
buying the small jewler house of Adolphe Picard, 29 rue Montorgeuil in Paris 2eme.
This had become possible because Louis Francois Cartier had worked for Adolphe Picard
who had no sucessor.
In 1853 Cartier opens on the place du Palais Royal in Paris 1er, walking distance
from the Cremerie de Paris where VB.com is edited. The company is florishing under
Napoleon III whose wife the Emperess Eugenie and his cousin Princess Mathilde had a passion for jewelery.
Alfred became head of the company in 1874.
1899 opening of the famous store on 13 rue de la Paix near place Vendôme.
In the third generation are 4 children Louis, Pierre, Jacques and Suzanne.
Louis Cartier (1875-1942) becomes head of the Paris Cartier operations.
In 1902 Pierre Cartier opens the London store on 4 New Burlington Street and then in 1909 on 175 New Bond Street.
Jacques goes to the United states and opens the NY store on 712 5th Avenue.
Suzanne marries the fashion designer Charles Frederick Worth.
1917 opening of the Cartier New York store on 5th Avenue.
The Cartier family runs the company until 1964.
1969 Richard Burton buys the 69,42 carats "Cartier Taylor Burton" diamant
and offers it to
Elizabeth Taylor for her birthday.
1972 the company was bought by Robert Hocq.
Robert Hocq is at the origin of les "Must de Cartier" line.
He is succeded by his beautiful daughter Nathalie Hocq
and Alain Dominique Perrin.
Creation of the Trinity ring.
1990 Cartier Store opened in Zuerich.
Alain Dominique Perrin sells Cartier to the luxury group Richemont SA
and becomes the president of Richemont in 1999.
2000 Cartier Store opened in Amsterdam.
2009 March 27 Cartier Store opened in Florence.
2010 November 30 Duchess of Windsor collection
record sale of Cartier jewels at Sotheby's London.
2011 October Cartier Store opened in Duesseldorf.
28 - Launch of the Cartier Odysee Video
2012 November 19 - Launch of the Cartier Winter Tale Video
Origin of Logos & Internet Domains The designer of the elegant Cartier Logo is unknown,
the logo was designed before 1888. The Internet Domain Cartier.com was registered April 6 1995.
Facts & Figures about Cartier today
Many of the World's historic jewels have been sold by Cartier,
the Hope Diamond, the Romanoff crown, the Blue Venus or the Taylor Burton Diamond.
Richemont SA is based in Geneva and
owned by the South African Ruper family.
Cartier employs 5500 people and operates
Three-fourths of sales are generated from jewelry and watches. .