The Jewelry Insider

December 23, 2009

The ‘Cartier and America’ exhibit in San Francisco offers the public a rare chance to see priceless jewelry from the likes of Grace Kelly, Gloria Swanson and Elizabeth Taylor.

Jewelry lovers who find themselves in the Bay Area from now until April can take a gander at a very special exhibit of rare and exquisite jewels from one of the world’s top jewelry houses – Cartier.

Known as the King of Jewelers, Cartier is honoring its American presence with a glittering display of over 300 important pieces that date from the early 20th century through the 1970s.

The exhibit’s main themes include: dazzling gems, jewelry owned by movie stars and a display of
Cartier’s famous Mystery clocks. Pieces featured include items from Princess Grace of Monaco’s personal collection, including her 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with two baguettes set in platinum, her diamond necklace and signature gold “bird” brooches.

One particularly interesting item is the Tutti Frutti necklace, a medley of hundreds of precious and semiprecious stones fabricated for socialite and Singer sewing machine heiress Daisy Fellowes in the 1920s.

But that is just the beginning. Visit the Legion of Honor in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park to get the full effect of Cartier’s shining imprint on jewelry history, celebrity wardrobes and American culture. More details can be found here.

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