I was so inspired by the breadth of work on display and the intention and design exemplified within the pieces. It was wonderful to see how much thought went into different ways the pieces are worn. Many opulent diamond necklaces had large pendants that come off and can be worn as a brooch while the strands divide into two in order to be worn as bracelets.
Many inspiring pieces to behold…the mystery clocks, dozens of tiaras, tutti frutti necklaces, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby suite of jewelry…you really must see the exhibit in person.
A few standouts for me:
Evalyn Walsh McLean, ca 1932, wearing the Hope diamond with a diamond necklace and chain. Ok, so obviously the Hope diamond is AMAZING but I’m especially LOVING this entire get-up on Ms. Evalyn…she looks FIERCE and timeless too…this photo is 80+ years old and still relevant today.
The exquisite Hope diamond now on display at The Smithsonian. Cartier cleverly designed the different shaped diamonds to surround the Hope diamond in order to camouflage the irregular shape of the Hope diamond.
Maria Felix, Mexican film star wearing many of her specially commissioned pieces. I kind of love her…doesn’t she look like a BADa**? The rumor goes that she brought a baby crocodile to the Paris store as a model for the necklace.
Maria’s crocodile necklace could work as two brooches or as a necklace. I really love this concept of designing the pieces to break apart and serve multiple functions…so clever! One is set with yellow diamonds with rubies for eyes and the other is emeralds with ruby eyes…exquisite!
Ahh…are diamonds a girl’s best friend? Maybe not, but they sure don’t hurt! These pieces are more than diamonds…they are art, history, and originality all wrapped into one…