|The sleek black panther, a symbol of elegance, bold courage, and the allure of danger, emerged on the art scene several years prior to its debut in high jewelry. |
La Panthère stalked onto the jewelry scene in 1919 with the involvement of Jeanne Toussaint at Cartier.
Toussaint became the first woman to head the design team at a prestigious jewelry firm.
The “Panther” brooch, featuring a 152.35 ct cabochon sapphire, was the most famous piece in the Duchess of Windsor collection.
|Her fascination with the big black cats of Africa is reported to have begun on the arm of her ‘discreet’ friend, Louis Cartier, who took her to Africa on a business trip.|