You’re flattered when people ask about your earrings (they were Mom’s) or where you got your favorite ring (ah, last year’s European vacation).

Next time you’re on the hunt for jewelry that makes a statement--and starts a conversation--look no further than the Cartier Panthère fine jewelry collection.

Ever since French joaillier Louis Cartier made his first panther-spotted piece, a wristwatch, in 1914, the totemic feline has glittered on bracelets, rings and necklaces--not to mention some of the world’s best-dressed women.

Now, on the panther’s centenary, you can choose from several striking new pieces. These treasures continue the jewelry house’s tradition of combining luxurious materials with fine craftsmanship and surprising design. The 2014 panther might be growling from a gold ring with onyx spots and tsavorite garnet eyes. Perhaps she’s chasing her pavé-diamond tail on a bracelet. Or maybe she’s swinging atop a giant faceted citrine on a pendant.

Want to see the contemporary panther on the prowl? Watch her come alive.

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