Cartier, the great jewelry House based in Paris, in 1847, did not always have its panther icon. Actually, “the panther” is the nickname of a woman named Jeanne Toussaint…
Jeanne Toussaint was born in 1887 in Brussels, Belgium. When she was an adult, she decided to move to Paris, and look for a job. A lot of betrayals and disillusions made this lady stronger and redoubtable. The fierce that animated her fed her passion for Luxury jewelry. In Paris, she met Louis Cartier, one of the Cartier’s brothers and became her lover. Louis told Jeanne to work in his company, and she became, in 1933, director of the Haute Joaillerie at Cartier. In 1966, she designed the panther, and made a very first adept, who is Wallis Simpson.
The panther from Cartier is not just a random designed animal; it has a real and strong history, and became, thanks to Miss Toussaint, the icon of the brand.