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A Peek Into Cartier: The Exhibition
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 | By Emily Coates
Listen up bling-lovers.. we’ve got something extra *dazzling* for you today!
For those drawn to glittering jewels, artful designs and pieces steeped in history, you won’t want to miss Cartier: The Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia — an exhibition composed of masterpieces so mesmerising, we’d see it ten times over if we could (and we just might!)
Cartier is distinguished by its dedication to its specific and pioneering style – and to prove that point, the pieces we’re about to show you are one-of-a-kind, never to be replicated elsewhere. Visiting this exhibition makes it clear that not all jewellery brands are created equal.
The exhibition features over 300 pieces of iconic style, including the tiara Catherine Middleton loaned from the Queen for her wedding day, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, The Queen’s floral brooch with the world’s most perfect pink diamond, and Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby and diamond necklace, just to name a few.
As lovers of all things bridal, we couldn’t help but pore over the pieces linked with some of the world’s most iconic weddings and love stories. Here are some of our faves:
The Halo Tiara worn by Kate Middleton
The sight of the Halo Tiara made our eyes water, hearts flutter and had us totally transfixed with its timeless beauty. There’s something inherently elegant about this piece.
You might recognise it as the tiara worn by Catherine Middleton at her wedding to Prince William in 2011. The Queen, who received the tiara for her eighteenth birthday, lent the exquisite Cartier diamond Halo tiara to Catherine Middleton for her big day.
Crafted by Cartier in 1936, this heirloom features over 739 brilliant-cut diamonds, large round diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds.
Ah, if only we all had in-laws with access to such treasures…Cartier London Halo tiara 1936, platinum, diamonds, 3 x 18 cm, lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Collection Trust/All Rights ReservedKate, Duchess of Cambridge, comes out of Westminster Abbey, with her husband Britain’s Prince William (not pictured) following their wedding ceremony, in central London, on April 29, 2011. Carl de Souza/Getty Images
Grace Kelly’s Engagement Ring
A jewel that speaks to a regal romance of years gone by, this engagement ring is imbued with stories.
Long before the world became obsessed with Kate Middleton and modern royals, Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly swept up the world with her charm and unflappable elegance.
As a symbol of his eternal love, in 1956 Prince Rainier III of Monaco gave Grace Kelly a Cartier engagement ring. The design features a step-cut 10.48-carat diamond, flanked by two baguette diamonds (talk about dreamy!)
They married on 19 April of that year and Kelly became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco. Yep, it’s a real-life fairy tale.Cartier Paris Engagement ring 1956, platinum, diamonds, 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm, Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, © Princely Palace of MonacoOfficial portrait of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco wearing Cartier jewellery 1959, © G. Lukomski, avec l’autorisation du palais princier de Monaco
The Duchess of Windsor’s Collection
What would you do for someone you love? Quit your job? Move across the world? Or perhaps, step down from the throne?
As the king and head of the Anglican Church, King Edward VIII was prevented from marrying Wallis Simpson; a twice-divorced elegant American socialite.
Forced to choose between royal duty and the woman he loved, King Edward VIII followed his heart and abdicated his position in pursuit of his love story with Wallis Simpson.
Her engagement ring is inscribed with the words ‘we are ours now’; a message speaking to their unique love story. If that’s not romance, we sure don’t know what is.
Throughout their relationship, The Duke and Duchess commissioned a series of unique pieces, including the infamous flamingo brooch.
Now, as readers of HOORAY! would know – we’ve always had a thing for colour and flamingos – so it’s no surprise that the HOORAY! team are swooning over this piece, abundant in brilliant-cut diamonds, calibré-cut emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
After all, in a flock of pigeons, wouldn’t you rather be a flamingo?
Left: Cartier Paris Flamingo brooch 1940, special order, platinum, gold, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, citrine 9.7 x 9.6 cm. Photo: Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection, © Cartier Right: Duchess of Windsor, 1947. Horst P. Horst/Vogue © Condé Nast
See the exhibition
Cartier: The Exhibition is on until 22 July. Tickets on sale through Ticketek.
This is a sponsored editorial, created in partnership with The National Gallery of Australia.