If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris before February 16, 2014, you’ll want to take in the exhibit Cartier: Le Style et l’Histoire at the Grand Palais. As stated in Town & Country magazine’s February edition, “It takes a certain kind of life to accommodate an emerald belt buckle or a solid gold vanity case. These artifacts of charmed existence, 600 pieces strong, are on display … The exhibit delves into cultural influences and inspiration as well as colorful client anecdotes. Beyond the wearable pieces – Wallis Simpson’s animal pins, Liz Taylor’s ruby and diamond suite – there are bejeweled objects that tell of a time when literally no gemstone was left unturned.” Check out the exhibit’s web site for the schedule of special films that will enhance your visit.
Cartier was known as le roi des bijoutiers et le bijoutier des rois (luh rwah day bee-zjoo-tea-ay ay luh bee-zjoo-tea-ay day rwah), or “the king of jewelers and the jeweler of kings.” These beautiful pieces, whether or not they have a royal pedigree, would certainly make the wearer feel like a queen.
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