Cartier: The Exhibition, at the NGA
Never before have so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia. Cartier: The Exhibition showcases more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the astonishing Cartier Collection itself, in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.
The exhibition explores Cartier’s glittering international clientele that included royalty, aristocrats, socialites, and stars of the stage, cinema and music. Highlights include Dame Nellie Melba’s diamond stomacher brooch, the Queen’s “Halo” tiara, worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Daisy Fellowes’ Tutti-Frutti Hindu necklace; Barbara Hutton’s imperial jadeite necklace; Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring; Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace (a gift from her third husband Mike Todd which also doubles as a tiara) and a selection from the NGA’s exceptional Ballets Russes costumes.
As well as an intriguing array of Cartier jewellery, timepieces and precious objects, the immersive exhibition includes a selection of original preparatory drawings, as well as portraits, historic photographs, film, advertising material, jewellery-making tools and equipment to provide insight into the history of Cartier.
This spectacular exhibition runs until the 22nd of July at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Exhibition information at https://nga.gov.au/cartier/