|Grace’s Cartier necklace.|
The holidays always get me thinking about jewelry, whether costume or fine, so that, plus the gorgeous book Amazing Cartier: Jewelry Design Since 1937 by Nadine Coleno, which I’ve had checked out from the library for months, means I really have gems on my mind these days!
|Can’t seem to give this book back to the library!|
|A 1956 picture of Grace from the book Amazing Cartier.|
In Amazing Cartier, I came across a lovely picture of Grace Kelly, by then Princess Grace of Monaco, wearing a stunning Cartier diamond necklace that was a wedding gift to her. The 1953 necklace is made of platinum with 64 carats of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds. It’s an interesting combination, those big round diamonds set next to baguette-cut stones. I love this look on her with the big diamonds and the big up-swept hair (what do you think, a fall, maybe?). The text did not say so, but I bet the earrings and brooch she also wears in the photo are set with both rubies and diamonds to represent red and white, the official colors of Monaco.
|Grace’s Cartier diamond engagement ring.|
The necklace, along with Grace’s Cartier 10.47-carat engagement ring given to her by Rainier, are currently on display at the Denver Art Museum in the exhibit Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Oh you lucky Colorado babes! I know we are spoiled here in the city with terrific exhibits, and I count Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels as one of the most amazing shows I have ever attended, but this Cartier exhibition, which has already showed in Madrid and Paris, is one I would love to see. You all know how I feel about Cartier so I would it would be a thrill to visit with iconic jewels once owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor, María Félix (she of the jaw-dropping crocodile necklaces), and of course the incomparable Grace.
|Wearing the ring (or perhaps its stunt double) in her last film, High Society.|
If you saw the Cartier exhibit, whether in Denver, Madrid, or Paris, let me know what you thought of it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is coming somewhere close to me in 2015!
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is on display at the Denver Art Museum until March 15, 2015.