Diamonds and Rubies and Amethysts, Oh My!!



It ‘s worth more than one visit to this stunning exhibition going on at the Grand Palais.   From now, only until February 16, this is your chance to see some of the most extraordinary pieces ever created by the House of Cartier.

The modestly named exhibition, “Cartier: Style and History” doesn’t begin to allude to the absolute treasure box of jewels on view.   Featuring pieces formerly owned by Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Swanson, American Heiress Marjorie Merriwether Post, and fascinating diamond serpents that seductively adorned the neck of Mexican film legend Maria Felix, the best that money can possibly buy is displayed for your enjoyment, and, let’s face it, disbelief!

The Maharajas of Patiala certainly weren’t ones to spare any expense, especially when it came to showing off their De Beers, cushion cut yellow diamond, weighing in at over 234 carats!!   The Patiala necklace (photo above) totals almost 1000 carats and was created for the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh in 1928.   Art Deco in style, the “bib” design of this masterpiece is comprised of 5 rows of diamond chains with large individual diamonds set in platinum.   Plan to spend extra time in front of this display case, as patrons just came seem to get enough and you will most likely have to wait  your turn to get up close.

The crowds have been large at this exhibition, and with good reason, so plan your visit accordingly.    Try to avoid weekends and best chance for viewing will be during the French lunch hours of 12:30-2:30 or towards closing time, end of the day.     Buy your tickets on line at  Tickets 12 euros, reduced fare of 9 euros for students up to 25 years.    Museum is closed Tuesdays.    Access Metro Lines 1, 9 , 13 stations Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Elysses Clemeceau, or RER Line C, Invalides, also Metro Line 8 stop Invalides

Interested in learning more?   Check out the following sites for further information.



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