Show and Tell

Feast your eyes on the most iconic jewels of the cen­tury in larg­erthan-life ex­hibits by Cartier, Joel Arthur Rosen­thal — a.k.a. JAR— and Lon­don’s lost jewels, the Cheap­side Hoard

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A Royal Af­fair

Cartier: The Style and the His­tory, at the Grand Palais, Paris. On till Fe­bru­ary 16, 2014. A hun­dred and fifty years from the birth of the French mai­son, the rep­u­ta­tion of Mon­sieur Cartier as be­ing the ‘jew­eller of kings’ or ‘king of jewellers’ re­mains strong. The proof: A price­less col­lec­tion of the brand’s nearly 600 pieces of jew­ellery, sketches, watches, heir­looms, and even clothes on dis­play at the Grand Palais in Paris. A ret­ro­spec­tive like no other, this ex­hibit is full of his­tory and jaw-drop­ping de­signs—from El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor’s ruby neck­lace given to her by film pro­ducer Mike Todd, her third hus­band, and Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s nearly flaw­less pink Wil­liamson di­a­mond (23.6 ct), to Grace Kelly’s di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring and pri­vate baubles be­long­ing to Wal­lis Simp­son, Duchess of Wind­sor. And given that In­dian ma­hara­jas were amongst the big­gest pa­trons of Cartier, the ex­hibit in­cludes the leg­endary multi-strand neck­lace be­long­ing to Ma­haraja Sir Bhupin­der Singh of Pa­tiala, which has been re­con­sti­tuted over a pe­riod of three years. The ex­hibit speaks vol­umes on how, through his trav­els, Cartier adopted trends from across the globe, a tes­ta­ment to the ever-chang­ing world of de­sign.

Cartier Bib Neck­lace, 1947

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