For the last few days, Le Grand Palais has been hosting an incredible exhibit: Cartier, one of the biggest jewelry houses in the world, has gathered its most exceptional items together into one space. Fine jewelry, watches and mystery clocks: the best of the best have been brought together to cement Cartier’s place in the history of Decorative Arts.
They don’t call Cartier « the jeweler of kings » for nothing; right from the start the exhibit presents us with a dazzling assortment of diadems worn by some of the greatest kings in history. Seeing the diadems sparkle will leave you starry-eyed and that’s only the start of the exhibit.
You’ll be able to peruse Cartier’s history, including its naturalistic imagery (especially the brand’s famous symbol, the leopard) and you’ll see the jewels owned by famous actresses like Grace Kelly and the diamond crocodiles made for Maria Félix. Through all these jewels, you’ll discover the different influences and styles that the brand has adopted over the years.
The most noteworthy pieces? The magnificent jewelry set owned by the Maharaja of Patiala, which contains one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds; a rose-shaped brooch with a pink diamond, lent to the exhibit by the Queen of England herself; and finally, a diadem ordered by George VI, former king of England, which he gave his daughter Elizabeth II for her eighteenth birthday. That same diadem was worn by Kate Middleton for her wedding to Prince William in 2011!
The gala dinner took place on December 2 in the presence of president and CEO of Cartier International Stanislas de Quercize, Monica Bellucci, Kristin Scott Thomas and His Serene Highness the Prince of Monaco.
Cartier Exhibit – Le Style et l’Histoire (Style and History)
Location: Grand Palais – Salon d’honneur
Dates: December 4, 2013 to February 16, 2014