Plants are a classical decorative element and have been part of the Maison Cartier's vocabulary since its earliest days. They were central to the Garland style. From the 1930s Cartier turned more towards realism, designing clearly recognizable plants in three dimensions. Wild roses, irises, daisies, lilies, thistles and the orchid – the sensual and seductive queen of flowers – all featured in pieces sparkling with a thousand fires. Which explains why one famous Parisian lady liked to say that Cartier was her favorite florist.

ORCHID BROOCH

CARTIER PARIS, COMMISSIONED IN 1937

White gold, faceted fancy-cut amethysts and aquamarines, pale blue and mauve enamel studs between the stones.

12.55 x 11.38 cm