In 1847, Louis-Francois Cartier (1819-1904) took over a jewelry workshop from Adolphe Picard, the man who had taught him his trade, at 29 Rue Montorgueil in Paris. This marked the birth of Cartier as a business, and was the beginning of a long love story between the company and all those who enjoy its creations. Since its foundation, Cartier has been identified with quality, prestige and history. It has served as crown jeweler to 19 royal houses and is now a leading brand in the luxury goods market. Cartier occupies a unique position in the creation of fine jewelry, timepieces, fragrances and accessories. With over 300 Boutiques in all five continents, Cartier has one of the most exclusive distributor networks in the world and is continuing to strengthen its unique wealth of craftsmanship and fortify its commitment to excellence.