05 December 2013 by

Dreaming of A White (Diamond) Christmas: Cartier's Biggest Ever Exhibition Now Open

Diamonds are a girl's best friend - fact. Diamonds are a work of art? Oh yes indeed.

Think of Damien Hirst's diamond encrusted skull, kings, queens and maharajahs, Mughal emporers and madame Elizabeth Taylor. Need any more excuses to agree? Head to one of Paris' most glorious museums and cultural hubs (also home to the Chanel show every Paris Fashion Week), Le Grand Palais to behold Cartier's biggest exhibition to date, Cartier: Style and History.

Fabulous Elizabeth Taylor, dripping in Cartier


Over 600 objects from cermonial jewellery to ornate clocks and personal items such as vanity cases and wrist watches have been teamed with paintings, archive photographs, furniture and fashion magazines to contextualise their place in the halls of art history and the tastes and trends of the past. There are also numerous pieces from private collections (we are desperate to see the ensemble of pieces the Prince of Monaco gave to glorious Grace Kelly) and provides a background to some of their most important customers (Marlene Dietrich, the Duchess of Windsor and heiress Barbara Hutton).

As if dipping your toes into a faded dynasty or archive of fashion history wasn't enought, the grandiose space of the Grand Palais couldn't be more perfect for the subject matter, nor more inviting. If ever an excuse for a hop through the tunnel and some Christmas shopping in Paris (oh the frosty walks along the Seine) had presented itself - this is it. You've got until the 16th February!

Take a look through our gallery below of some bejewelled highlights to get you into the festive spirit...


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