One of the biggest treats during my last trip to Paris was attending the preview of Cartier: Le Style et L'Histoire exhibition at the Grand Palais. I think we all know Cartier for their Love bracelets and chic watches but you will be amazed at the breadth of the 600 pieces of jewelry, objects, watches, clocks that are displayed in context with dresses, advertisements, photos, engravings, and even magazines. I was especially proud to see many American patrons represented such as Marjorie Merriweather Post, Barbara Hutton, and Elizabeth Taylor mixed in among the queens and princesses. You may think that I've shown you everything in the exhibit in this post but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Every time I thought I saw the most beautiful and glittering piece possible, I would turn a corner and see something even more breathtaking. I encourage those of you in Paris to attend Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off and even the couture shows to make time for this once in a lifetime exhibition.
21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
75008 Paris, France
On view until 16 February 2014
The beautiful Queen Maria of Romania and her Cartier tiara.
The chicest sewing accessories I've ever seen!
The wall of watches.
The necklace that made my jaw drop!
Make sure you look up at the light show.
Marlene Dietrich and her chic gold Cartier jewelry.
Majorie Merriweather Post
Marjorie and Deenie
Loved this video of Elizabeth Taylor receiving a diamond and ruby Cartier necklace next to a pool. The actual necklace is below.
Ac Cartier broach lent to the exhibition by Queen Elizabeth II.
Cartier jewels belonging to Princess Grace of Monaco.
Sword designed by Jean Cocteau and fabricated by Cartier.
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chcic