Cartier epitomizes creativity and individuality in jewelry design. The 175 objects featured in this book exemplify Cartierâ€™s inimitable talent and represent milestones in twentieth-century design. These archetypes of excellence are important benchmarks in the history of world jewelry, and their relevance continues into the twenty-first century. The jeweled objects in this book are reproduced at actual size, and are accompanied by illustrations and detailed descriptions from Cartierâ€™s vast archives in London, New York, and Paris. Six essays cover a broad range of topics from Cartierâ€™s colorful history, including the influence of the Ballets Russes on Cartierâ€™s forward-looking designs of 1910, the jewelerâ€™s extraordinary technical and design prowess, and the important clients and collectors who wore Cartierâ€™s most exquisite creations. This book features ingenious pieces that reveal how Cartierâ€”by setting new aesthetic, ornamental, technical, and stylistic trendsâ€”is a pioneer in the field of jewelry design. This catalog is an important reference for collectors, and includes previously unpublished photographs.