Friday, January 29, 2016

On My Mind: Van Cleef & Arpels in Beverly Hills, Vigée Le Brun & Crazy About Tiffany’s

A 2011 parrot clip of gold, diamonds, sapphires, spinels, chalcedony, opal and onyx.

I saw on the Van Cleef & Arpels website that there is an exhibit of some of their High Jewelry pieces taking place at the Beverly Hills boutique. At my request, a lovely VCA rep sent me a very pretty exhibition guide that shows some of the pieces now on view in “45 Years in Beverly Hills” that runs until March 2 at the boutique on North Rodeo Drive. If you would like this small brochure too click here and scroll down to the bottom for details on requesting one. Oh how fun it is to get mail from Van Cleef & Arpels!

According to the brochure, a parure once owned by our favorite jewelry maven of all time (you get one guess) is part of the show:

A 1990-1992 “Reine Marguerites” necklace of gold, chyrsoprase, white and yellow diamonds formerly owned by Liz.

Liz wearing the necklace in 1993 with her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

If you are in Los Angeles, please go see this exhibit for me and then send me pictures! Do it! If any of you babes get photos of Liz’s amazing daisy necklace, send one to me and I will put it in my sidebar for the month with a photo credit to you and a link to your blog. Pretty please! This necklace is now privately owned, not part of the VCA archives, so they cannot just trot it out for view whenever they feel like it. This may be the last opportunity for any of us to see it in person for awhile!

Marie-Antoinette and Her Children, 1787, by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. My favorite portrait of her!

A retrospective of the work of Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun will go on display on February 15, 2016 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (February 9 if you are a member). Vigée Le Brun was most famously known as the preferred portraitist of Marie Antoinette and this is only the second time her work has been given an American retrospective, the last time was in 1982. Many of the paintings are straight from Versailles so it feels like Versailles is coming to New York City, how exciting is that?! I think this will be an extremely popular show. It will be on display until May 15, 2016 and then will travel to the National Gallery of Canada in Ontario from June 10 through September 11, 2016.

Can’t wait to see this!

I first learned of the documentary Crazy About Tiffany’s from Marion Fasel’s Instagram account and now I cannot wait to see this! It will be released February 19 and is by the same team that created Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. I know it is going to be like a giant ad for Tiffany & Co. and yet, I don’t care, I still want to watch it. I hope there will be some insider secrets and history to learn along the way!

Let me know if you will be going (or went) to the Van Cleef & Arpels Beverly Hills exhibit, the Vigée Le Brun show, or the Crazy About Tiffany’s movie.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I would also like to see it!! Have a fun weekend, Jill.

GSL said...

Please let me know if V-C & A ever does a Church Mouse Collection.

Rosemary Nardone said...

We talk on twitter and I felt the need to subscribe to your blog as we have lots in common! This post is great and that movie about Tiffany's sounds wonderful. I love the Bergdorf one, I can watch it over and over. Such iconic stores! Look forward to your posts!

Rosemary from

Jill said...

Oh GSL, you bad boy, have we not gone over this? They do indeed have a church mouse, but it is of 18k gold and features (I believe) rubies, diamonds, and onyx! Hee hee hee, I am going to find a photo of it and post it in my sidebar, just for you! Hahahahaha x

GSL said...

Touche'on that FAB Church Mouse!

Jill said...

GSL, I could not resist when you said Church Mouse. Hope you don't mind! x

Jill said...

Hi Rosemary! I have followed your blog for several years now! Thank you for your kind words. I am going to email you, I think we may be at some of the same upcoming events in Manhattan and I would love to say hello and formally meet you!

No Fear of Fashion said...

I wouldn't mind seeing it either. But before it hits Europe.. I don't know.

Jill said...

Hi Greetje, which would you like to see, the VCA exhibit (Beverly Hills only), the Vigee Le Brun show (was already in Paris, goes to Canada this summer) or the Tiffany movie (should be on DVD in the next month or so and may be on demand right now!)? x