exhibit Archive

  • Cartier Star of South Africa Diamond

    Cartier and America – Star of South Africa Diamond

    Getty Image The “Star of South Africa” diamond was discovered in 1869 and started ‘diamond fever’ throughout the world. The 47.69 carat pear shaped diamond was set into a pendant brooch with oval and round old mine cut diamonds in a lily of the valley motif. […]

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  • Maharaja Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

    Maharaja— the mere mention of the word brings to mind images of colorfully decorated elephants and turbaned Indian Kings be-jeweled in diamonds, emeralds, gold, rubies, brocades and layers of pearls.  The translation of Maharaja, from its Sanskrit root, is ‘king of kings’ and ‘great king’.   […]

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  • Artistic Luxury at the Legion of Honor – Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique

    In 1900 the three world’s greatest designers of luxury goods displayed their creations at the Exposition Universelle in Paris and left an impact on the world with their innovation of unique art.  Paris became known as the “City of Lights” when the Eiffel Tower was […]

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  • Cartier Trinity

    Cartier, Jean Cocteau, Yves Saint-Laurent

    Cartier releases the trinity collection paved in diamonds and gemstones for the one hundred year celebration of Cartier’s opening the first flagship store in New York City. Three colors of intertwined gold , the trinity rings and bracelets are a classic Cartier design.  Photographed with […]

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  • Gloria Swanson in Cartier Bracelets

    Gloria Swanson in Cartier

    Gloria May Swanson visited the House of Cartier in Paris in 1932.  The famous Hollywood actress purchased two of the six newly designed deco style rock crystal bracelets. Fabricated in platinum the bracelets have 25.35 carats of round and baguette cut diamonds that are set […]

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  • Cartier & America at the Legion of Honor Continued...

    Legion of Honor Continued…

    The 1920’s changed women’s lifestyles and attitudes with a loud roar.  Women became athletic and counted their calories.  They cut their hair short, threw off the corsets and wore long slinky dresses. During the period from 1918-1937 Cartier was the world leader in creating fine […]

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  • Cartier & America at the Legion of Honor

    Cartier at the Legion of Honor

    The Cartier & America collection at the Legion of Honor is an extraordinary exhibit—simply breath taking.  Extraordinary not only for the incredibly beautiful diamonds, gems and impeccable workmanship but also the historical significance Cartier had within the jewelry and fashion industry and around the globe.  […]

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  • Hope Diamond New Setting

    The Hope Diamond

    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Institute. When I saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian, I was surprised.  I had expected to see a bright Robin”s Egg-blue colored  diamond sparkling in the showcase–instead, there was a large, hauntingly steel […]

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