Hundreds of dazzling jewels–including the exact tiara that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day — are on display at a rare exhibition in Paris. “Cartier: Style and History” spotlights 600 jaw-dropping pieces to celebrate 160 years of Cartier and all its brilliant designs. One of the most iconic pieces — the Duchess of Cambridge’s tiara — is composed of stylized petals paved with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds, and 149 baguette-cut diamonds (the piece was created in 1936 and has been in the royal family for generations).
Featuring some of the iconic brand’s most well-known and glamorous pieces like the 10.47 carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring Prince Rainier of Monaco gave Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor‘s “La Peregrina” 16th century pearl necklace given to her on Valentine’s Day in 1969 by Richard Burton, and Queen Elizabeth‘s often-worn floral brooch, this is one show not to be missed. The largest collection of Cartier jewels to ever come together, the exhibition is an achingly beautiful delight that chronicles the evolution of taste, whims, and indulgences of its most famous clients throughout time. “Cartier: Style and History” will be on display at the Grand Palais until February 16, 2014. For more information on the exhibit, visit grandpalais.fr.
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