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
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