Current day Cartier doesn't impress me much, but the vintage pieces are so breathtaking. And as much as their current designs are a bit bland, they are the epitome of luxury. of It felt surreal experiencing the exhibit. Amazing pieces of jewelry were right in front of me, right behind a thin piece of glass. Not only I am in awe of the designs and craftsmanship, but also the stories. These jewels are a part of history!
The exhibit was beautifully curated by location and year of creation. One of my favorite parts was the 'Egypt' section - gorgeous scarab bracelets in brooches in bright colors. There was a large section of men's designs which I found interesting. Ornate, beautiful objects. The way Cartier mixed stone colors was revolutionary. Bright purple amethyst with orange topaz on a base of yellow gold? A bold combination that I am so in love with.
The exhibit shared the process as well as the finished pieces. Some of the statement necklaces took 20,000+ hours to create. I found this section so interesting because much of the design and making process is similar to what I witness everyday at my job.
The last room of the exhibit had personal collections. Daisy Fellowes amazing 'Tutti Fruiti' necklace stood out to me as a favorite. Again, the stone color combinations are unexpected, but combined flawlessly.
If you are in or around Denver, this is a must see exhibit! And, if you have the funds, you might want to fly out to see it - seriously, jewelry lovers, it's worth the trip.