Cartier and America Exhibition

The Cartier and America exhibition opened yesterday at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and includes more than 300 rare and exquisite jewelry items from the early 20th century Belle Époque period through the 1970s.

Anyone who can appreciate a fine piece of Cartier jewelry will certainly want to feast their eyes on what the Cartier and America exhibition in San Francisco has to offer. Opened yesterday, the exhibition is taking places at the Legion of Honor and will include a magnificent display of more than 300 rare and exquisite jewelry items from the early 20th centre Belle Époque period through the 1970s.

Known as the “king of jewelers and jeweler to kings,” Cartier has an extensive variety of jewelry forms and the Cartier and America exhibition is celebration the imagination and creativity of the brand with this luxurious exhibition which also includes jewelry and works or art from the private collection of Cartier.

There are three main themes at the exhibit, dazzling gems, jewelry owned by movie stars, and a display of Cartier’s famous Mystery clocks. The exhibition marks Cartier’s 100 years in the United States and will primarily focus on pieces owned by Americans, including a pair of rock crystal and diamond bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in the movie Sunset Boulevard, Daisy Fellowes’s famous “Tutti Frutti” necklace, and the exotic flamingo brooch made for the Duchess of Windsor.

In addition, for the first time, an American museum will feature the personal jewelry of Princess Grace of Monaco from the time of her wedding to Rainier II, Prince of Monaco, in 1956. Generously lent by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Princess Grace’s 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond set with two baguette diamonds mounted in platinum, a giant diamond necklace, and more informal gold brooches in the form or birds will all be available for viewing at the exhibition.

The exhibition curator, Martin Chapman, offers, “This is a great opportunity to see some of the finest pieces of jewelry, clocks, and works of art by the legendary firm of Cartier—made for Americans or made in America.”

The exhibition opened on December 19 and will remain open until April 18, 2010 and is exclusive to the Legion of Honor. It is open to the public weekly on Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:15pm and it is closed on Mondays. Admission prices are as follows: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 youths 13-17 and students with college I.D.

The Legion of Honor is located at Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 750-3600

Via: Legion of Honor