Style and History: Cartier’s Biggest Exhibition Ever

This December Cartier brings to Paris, at the Grand Palais, the biggest ever exhibition featuring some 600 pieces of sparkling jewelry.

Text: Katerina Papapostolou

 

Cartier has played a key role in the history of Jewels and decorative arts through the time. Pieces that have worn by royal families and Hollywood stars are now on display alongside magazine covers and photographic documents of that eras.

The exhibition’s curator Laurent Salome explains that “the big cat, the animal that is practically synonymous with the house, represents the idea that woman can be like panthers, fierce and maybe dangerous”. Staring in brooches, cuffs, earrings and other decorative objects the panther played a very important role in the history of the French house.

From Duchess of Windsor to Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, fabulous women have adorned their body and have enhanced their beauty with such dazzling Cartier pieces. In 1948, a panther brooch created for the Duchess of Windsor, a woman known for her love for luxury jewels and her unique style. This time is said to be the first piece that the characteristic motif appeared in three dimensions. Although this item is not on display, one of the Duchess most precious pieces such as the colorful flamingo brooch appears in the exhibition. Grace Kelly’s 10.47 carat engagement ring and Elizabeth Taylor’s historic “La Peregrina” necklace with a pearl that dates back to the 16th century, once was belonging to Queen Mary Tudor, are exposed to the public too.

Cartier “Style and History” exhibition will be at the Grand Palais from 4 December 2013-16 February 2014. For more information visit www.grandpalais.fr