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"Cartier and America" Exhibit
 — Dec 19, 2009-April 18, 2010*

*Extended Thru' May 9, 2010

Cartier, New York, Bandeau, 1924
Cartier, New York, Bandeau, 1924

"Cartier and America" Exhibit
Diamonds really are a girl's best friend! OMG... wait until you see this stunning "Cartier and America" exhibit. If you like fine jewelry... and who doesn't, you won't want to miss this exhibit — exclusively at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Even if you're not into jewelry, this exhibit goes way beyond fine jewelry — these are pieces of magnificent works of art and history.

There hasn't been an exhibit like this anywhere in the world for 20 years. The last one was in Paris and since then, a significant number of pieces have been added that weren't available previously. There's no other place in the world (not even Cartier in Paris) where you can see this exquisite display of jewels.

Cartier, London, Necklace, 1932
Cartier, London, Necklace, 1932

Cartier celebrates its 100th year in America anniversary with this eye-catching exhibit — the jewelry and works of art include pieces from the Private Collection of Cartier. The dazzling exhibit features a spectacular array of more than 200 objects, including jewelry of the Gilded Age and Art Deco periods.

Cartier, Paris, special order 1936, altered in 1963 - Tutti Frutti necklace
Cartier, Paris, special order 1936,
altered in 1963 - "Tutti Frutti" Necklace

Celebrity & Royalty Pieces
Follow the history of the House of Cartier and get up-close views of famous pieces owned by Americans, including a pair of rock crystal and diamond bracelets worn by Gloria Swanson in the movie "Sunset Boulevard" and Daisy Fellowes’s famous “Tutti Frutti” necklace (photo above).

Duke & Duchess of Windsor
See the exotic "Flamingo Clip Brooch," made up of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrine and platinum. The Duke of Windsor provided Cartier with four bracelets and had the brooch made as a special order for the Duchess of Windsor in 1940 — it has never been seen in a museum before now.

The "Panther Clip" Brooch (photo right), made up of sapphires, diamonds, yellow diamonds, platinum and white gold (bought by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1949), is yet another exquisite piece of jewelry— the Kashmir cabochon sapphire is 152 carats.

Princess Grace of Monaco
For the first time, an American museum features the personal jewelry of Princess Grace of Monaco (from the time of her wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956), including her Engagement Ring (a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond set with two baguette diamonds mounted in platinum, pictured right) — it's absolutely breathtaking! Her Grand Diamond Necklace (a wedding gift) is equally spectacular. Grace Kelly wore her diamond engagement ring on the set of her last film, the 1956 movie "High Society" before she became Princess of Monaco.

Elizabeth Taylor
Wait until you see Liz Taylor's fabulous Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings — a gift from husband Mike Todd (see pics top right). The jewels are truly stunning.

One of our favorite pieces is the "Star of South Africa" Brooch — also known as the Dudley Diamond (Lady Dudley) — the historical diamond and platinum piece (pictured above) is strikingly beautiful.

Exhibition curator Martin Chapman declares, "This is a great opportunity to see some of the finest pieces of jewelry, clocks, and works of art by the legendary firm of Cartier — made for Americans or made in America.”


Cartier, Paris, Bib Necklace, 1947
Cartier, Paris, Bib Necklace, 1947

The "Cartier and America" Exhibit is one of the best we've been to at the Legion of Honor — we can't wait to go back again!

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Elizabeth Taylor in 1958 - wearing her Cartier Ruby and Diamond necklace - given to Liz Taylor by Mike Todd in 1957
Elizabeth Taylor wearing her Cartier Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings - a gift from husband Mike Todd while vacationing in Cap-Ferrat, France in 1957.

Cartier, Ruby Earrings, 1951
Cartier Paris, Ruby, Diamond and Platinum Earrings, 1951

Be sure to watch the short home movie clip taken when Liz Taylor received her Ruby and Diamond Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings (pictured above) — gifts from husband Mike Todd while they were vacationing in the French Riviera in 1957. Wearing only a bathing suit and those beautiful jewels, Liz was positively glowing... wouldn't you be too!

Cartier, Paris, Tutti Fruitti Strap Bracelet , 1929
Cartier, Paris, "Tutti Fruitti"
Strap Bracelet , 1929

Cartier, Paris, Panther Clip Brooch, 1949
Cartier, Paris, Panther Clip Brooch, 1949

and Mystery Clocks

Other spectacular pieces include the 2,473-diamond "Snake Necklace" (special order for actress Maria Félix), a gorgeous "Serpent Necklace" (pictured below), three incredible Scarab Buckle Brooches, Marjorie Merriweather Post's exquisite diamond and sapphire Collar Necklace, (pictured above), beautiful diamond and platinum Tiaras... and an amazing collection of unique Mystery Clocks — the clocks are to Cartier what the Easter eggs are to Fabergé.

Museum Hours
Open six days a week,
Tues-Sun 9:30am–5:15pm.

Open July 4
from 9:30am-3pm.

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day,
and December 25.

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