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The Duchess of Cambridge's tiara, Liz Taylor's necklace and more sparkle in Cartier Exhibition

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 02:00

December 11 - The Grand Palais in Paris hosts the world's largest collection of Cartier jewellery. Sharon Reich reports.

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Diamonds, emeralds and rubies glitter in one of the largest exhibitions of Cartier jewellery in the world. The retrospective in Paris looks back at the best of the jeweler since Louis-Francois Cartier opened his first shop in 1859. Exhibition co-ordinator Laure Dalon says the collection offers a fascinating look at the evolution of taste and social codes from the 19th century to today. SOUNDBITE: Exhibition commissioner Laure Dalon saying (English): "We have so many interesting pieces, actually there are 600 pieces created by Cartier and 300 documents of archives. The most significant are probably the tiaras, just here because they are characteristic, typical of Cartier creations." In addition to the Halo Tiara worn by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in her wedding to Prince William, a flower brooch belonging to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is also on display. Hollywood royalty favored Cartier too and this spectacular necklace once belonged to Liz Taylor. SOUNDBITE: Exhibition commissioner Laure Dalon saying (English): "We show in the exhibition the necklace of Liz Taylor, a necklace given by one of her husbands, with a film that shows her husband giving the necklace to her, and she was one of the most famous clients of Cartier. She was very fond of big stones and ancient pieces, and that is why it was very interesting for us to talk about her." Today Cartier is an internationally renowned enterprise. Its decorative arts are famous too - best exemplified by the series of 'Mystery Clocks,' intricately designed with gold and silver hands floating in crystal. The exhibition will be open to the public through February 2014.

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The Duchess of Cambridge's tiara, Liz Taylor's necklace and more sparkle in Cartier Exhibition

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 02:00