France’s Cartier is honoring its heritage with an exhibit inside the Grand Palais in Paris that allows visitors to explore the jeweler’s role in the history of fine jewelry as art.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding tiara, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring and Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby necklace are among the priceless pieces on show.
Billed as the most extensive show to date dedicated to the French jeweler, famed for its panther-themed jewelry and Tank watches, Cartier Le Style et L’Histoire exhibit can view more than 600 pieces that represent Cartier’s legacy from its founding in 1847 through the mid-1970s.
A platinum, diamond and emerald necklace designed by Cartier in 1932
A snake necklace commissioned by the Mexican actress María Félix in 1968 and is pavéd with 2,473 diamonds.
Among Cartier’s best-known creations are these crocodile brooches, which can be fastened together to form a necklace. Created for the Mexican diva María Félix in 1975, the first crocodile is covered in emeralds, while the second is pavé-set with fancy intense yellow diamonds.
The Indian inspiration that is referenced in many iconic Cartier jewels is reflected in the engraved emerald at the centre of this 1923 bracelet in onyx, platinum and diamonds from the Cartier Collection.
A necklace, Cartier Paris, special order 1928, made of platinum, diamonds, zircons, topazes, synthetic rubies, smoky quartz and citrine. The necklace was created for sir Bhupindra Singh, maharajah of Patiala.
The Cartier Halo tiara worn by Kate Middleton
Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, Cartier Paris 1951, special order 1956, made of platinum, emerald-cut diamond (approximately 10.47 carats), two baguette-cut diamonds, emerald-cut diamond, from the Monaco Princely Palace collection.
The Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby necklace.
The poster advertising the Cartier ‘Style and History’ exhibition at the Grand Palais, which runs from 4 December to 16 February 2014.