Cartier takes Paris

An impressive ode to style

Apparently, diamonds are a girl’s best friend – but Cartier’s spectacular retrospective, which opens at Paris’ Grand Palais today, more than makes the case for any other gemstone you’d care to mention too.

Cartier: style and history is an art historian’s dream – arranged to tell a story, rather than appear as a jewellery shop, and promising ‘an intriguing testimony to the changes in taste and social codes’ via its designs.


While most of the 600 exhibits come from the Cartier collection, there are fifty from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions – among them, Musée des Arts décoratifs – and around 20 come directly from the Prince of Monaco’s collection having once belonged to Princess Grace.

Cartier devotees including Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Hutton and Marlene Dietrich are also heroed.

The exhibition is, simply, huge – ‘the most important ever dedicated to Cartier’, as the brand puts it.

Definitely worth a look if you’re in Paris – or, indeed, the perfect excuse to schedule a visit. It runs until 16 February 2014.

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