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THE BRILLIANCE OF CARTIER

Cartier jewels have gleamed and dazzled since 1847, their luster never dimming. But it wasn’t until the turn of the last century, under the stewardship of the third generation of Cartiers, that the Parisian brand became synonymous with luxury and earned a reputation as the world’s most famous jewelry and watch company.


That legacy is celebrated in an illuminating show, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, mounted by the Denver Art Museum, through March 15, 2015.  The exhibition, the most ambitious of its kind, begins in 1900 and follows Cartier — and the jet-setters and royalty who wore it — through its headiest decades, ending in 1975.


What sets the brand apart from other jewelry houses of its time? “Cartier really made an effort to stay on the forefront,” says Margaret Young-Sánchez, who curated the Denver show. “They were pushing the limits stylistically and were never merely conservative.”

 

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 PRODUCED BY LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE
WRITTEN BY CATHLEEN MCCARTHY

 

This story appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of MILIEU.