Plants are a classic 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 recognisable plants in three dimensions. Wild roses, irises, daisies, lilies, thistles and the orchid – that sensual and seductive queen of flowers – all featured in pieces sparkling with a thousand lights. This explains why one famous Parisian lady was known to say that Cartier was her favourite florist.

ORCHID BROOCH

CARTIER PARIS, SPECIAL ORDER, 1937

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

12.55 x 11.38 cm