legion of honor 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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  • 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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  • 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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