Cartier Cigar Band Rings
Brief history and description
The cigar band ring is a Victorian design, more distinctly a late-Victorian-era design. The band of the ring is frequently patterned or includes an inscription or engraving, and the rings themselves are usually wide and of approximately the same width and length from piece to piece.
Many of the patterns used in cigar band rings are geometric in style.
Cigar Band rings are so named due to the strip that runs around them, which is reminiscent of the narrow paper band which runs around the exterior of a cigar.
Guide for collectors
Cartier Cigar Band rings have auctioned from both mainstream and specialist auction houses, at varying price points and in varying states of wear and condition.
They have also appeared at online auctioneer sites such as eBay, and cigar band rings (including those by Cartier) have also featured prominently for sale at online arts and crafts website Etsy, which features a wide variety of styles, as well as the rings being offered for vastly differing price points.
If buying online, prospective collectors are advised to carefully ascertain the authenticity of a particular piece before purchasing. The official Cartier site features additional information on cigar band rings, which could prove beneficial for anyone seeking to correctly identify them.
Cartier Cigar Band rings have auctioned for prices in the region of $1,000-2000 at auction.
On 29th September 2005, Sotheby’s New York auctioned an 18 carat gold and enamel cigar band ring by Cartier for $1,920.
At an even higher price point, another 18 carat yellow gold and enamel cigar band ring by Cartier, featuring an engraved gold profile portrait within a brown enamel border, sold for $2,000 from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on 25th March 2012.
At a lower price-point, a vintage Cartier 18 carat and enamel cigar band ring sold for $1,400 from Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. on 29th March 2012.