CARTIER SPARKLES AT SELFRIDGES: Cartier has taken to the concept store space in Selfridges’ Wonder Room for the month of April, to showcase the house’s affinity for diamonds.
The month-long exhibition, called “Cartier Loves Diamonds,” explores some of the most storied stones from the house’s history, alongside showcasing Cartier’s vintage and contemporary high jewelry designs. Archive images open the display, including a series that charts the story of the Taylor-Burton diamond, the 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond that Cartier acquired, before agreeing to sell it to Richard Burton, who famously presented to Taylor. There are also glamorous images of Grace Kelly wearing her own Cartier engagement ring in the film “High Society,” along with a black and white image of socialite and heiress Barbara Hutton wearing the Pasha of Egypt diamond, which Cartier had set into dazzling ring.
Meanwhile, among the real-life jewelry on show is Cartier’s Oriental Tiara, which dates from 1911 and is set with 1,218 diamonds. The tiara is on display alongside a set of diamonds called Resille, which dates from 1909 and a contemporary set called Indiams, which features pear shaped diamonds. Visitors to the exhibition are able to purchase any of the jewelry on display, alongside the wedding and engagement rings that are on show in a bridal lounge at the center of the exhibit.
The show runs through to April 29 in the Wonder Room at Selfridges in London, on the store’s ground floor.