An Iconic Cartier Design Fetches $886,822 at Auction



Cartier debuted the first Tutti Frutti design in 1901, and it still feels modern

Cartier’s first Tutti Frutti design, a necklace commissioned by Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII, was created in 1901—though the cheeky name for the house’s signature mixed-colored designs, which feature intricately carved gemstones, wouldn’t be coined until the 1970s.

The origins of this Tutti Frutti bracelet, which sold for $886,822 at the Christie’s May 18 Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva, are unknown. But that doesn’t detract from its exquisite artistry.

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“The fact that Cartier could successfully incorporate each stone so that it blends into a cohesive and unified design is a testament to the house’s workmanship,” says Daphne Lingon, senior vice president and senior specialist at Christie’s. 

The bracelet’s “overall size is very impressive, yet there is a lightness to it because you see very little of the metal.” Instead, “what hits your eye are the colors of the stones,” she says. “It’s a design that’s only Cartier.”

Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet in platinum and gold with pavé-set diamonds and carved rubies, sapphires, and emeralds (photo courtesy of Christie’s)

JCK Magazine Editor