Cartier recently released its first "short film," a fantasy short called L'Odyssée de Cartier, where a diamond panther set in the window of the Paris store comes alive and goes around the world in a series of adventures that touch upon memorable notes in the famed jeweler and watchmaker's 165-year-old history. Screened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last week, it was an impressive debut for what is, by definition, an ad, but an extremely beautiful, well-executed, three-minute one. We were particularly fascinated by the scenes in St. Petersburg, India, and China and the plethora of animals shown. We did some research and found enough history to do a feature film. Considering this short film was two years in the making with a crew of 60 people, we won't wait around for the feature, but we're going to stick to one of our trusty slideshows to show you some seriously impressive jewels — and the Indiana Jones-worthy stories behind them.
Photos courtesy of Cartier