Many wonders have been conceived in the jewelry workshops above Cartier’s grand Paris flagship, opened by Alfred Cartier in 1899, from the legendary ceremonial Patiala necklace, sold to Maharaja Sir Bhupindar Singh of Patiala in 1928, to the remarkable gold “Crocodiles” necklace boasting daffodil-hued diamonds and emeralds for scales, commissioned by the late Mexican actress María Félix’ in 1975.
In December 2005, the site’s ateliers, which cover three floors above the store, underwent a modern facelift, while retaining certain traditional jewelry making features. Wooden desks, for example, feature scooped out lids lined with lambskin pouches, to provide a soft landing for errant gems.
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