My best friend L. took me to the opening of “Cartier. Style and History.” in the Grand Palais. Actually, my fidanzato just told me he got the invitation as well but forgot to tell me about it because “I might jump to a conclusion”. What conclusion?
The exhibition displays 600 pieces that pay homage to Cartier’s legacy and celebrate those avid jewelry collectors who, through their commissions, inspired Cartier’s unique style of jewelry and objects. Jeanne Toussaint, Elizabeth Taylor, the Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Princess Grace of Monaco have all contributed, through their love of fine jewelry, to Cartier’s history, and thereby to every girl’s dreams. I am dazzled and awed by their incredible and opulent lifestyles. I love that the curator has each jewelry associated to its owner : royalty, socialites, Hollywood, Elton John or Barbra Streisand… It is not only a study of jewelry, but also an insight into the lives of the privileged few.
As soon as you enter you are confronted with an amazing exhibit of 10 diamond tiaras, rotating on a merry-go-round. An awe-inspiring visual delight. Wouldn’t you love to wear a tiara once, just one for one picture? I am lucky enough to have tried on a few hundred thousands worth of jewelry at Mikimoto a couple of years ago but I don’t recall having my picture taken…
Clink on these links below to catch a glimpse of the merry-go-round :
Art Deco, Asian, Persian, Egyptian, Indian influences… Cartier is very French in its exoticism.
Diamonds! Diamonds! I don’t mean rhinestones! But diamonds are a girl’s best friend. — Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Diamonds are forever , They are all I need to please me , They can stimulate and tease me They won’t leave in the night I’ve no fear that they might desert me. — Shirley Bassey – Diamonds are Forever
So shine bright, tonight, You and I Were beautiful like diamonds in the sky Eye to eye, so alive Were beautiful like diamonds in the sky — Rihanna – Diamonds
Being surrounded by all this bling is exhausting, so we were relieved to make it out the door with our eyesight intact. But for all that, I confess I would have liked to also be in New York for the JAR exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. In an ideal world I’d be able to see both. I’m insatiable. I know.
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