Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cartier Illuminations

Garlands of lights decorate many Paris shops and cafés even when closed...
Not so different from the garland designs on display at the Grand Palais
Of Cartier diamonds are they?
This is a not-to-be-missed exhibit if you're in Paris through February 16, 2014.
Elizabeth Taylor's ruby necklace given by third husband, Mike Todd.
Royalty demanded ever more intricate jewelry designs from Cartier.
Boom times economically have been boom times creatively for Cartier.
The Roaring 20s was no exception.
Many young American heiresses like Marjorie Merriweather Post and Barbara Hutton, plus Hollywood stars Grace Kelly and Liz kept Cartier on their toes creating new fabulous pieces. Daisy Fellows, grand daughter and heiress of Singer sewing machine fortune magnet Isaac Singer, was endlessly demanding for the most extravagant jewelry.
We have Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor to thank for Cartier's obsession with the panther
Her taste prevailed here like everywhere else...
This exhibit is spectacular.
A kaleidoscope effect constantly changing above on the walls reflects the 600 pieces featured in the exhibition dating from 1847 to 1970.
Just outside more shiny necklaces along the Champs-Elysees
Every arrondissement has their illuminations like on rue Daguerre.
While shops like Caron, bd Saint Germain try to outshine each other
Patisserie Gerard Mulot
Cafés are just as festive.
Eat your own stars at boulangerie Maeder, 18, rue de Lourmel for once-a-year Alsacian etoile pain d'Epice. DON'T MISS! this years panther high jinks from Cartier where ever you live.


  1. Lucie4:38 AM

    Trés FAB!

  2. Dreaming of Paris in December... and your pictures just took me there! Thank you for sharing!


  3. So festive..It must be sensas in person!

  4. Patricia9:34 AM

    simply charming...

  5. Ooh and ahhhh....how gloriously magical. Must be an absolute wonderland! Xoxo had to share. :-)

  6. Now I will always think of you when I see holiday lights in garlands as Everywoman's Cartier jewels.

  7. Lynn C11:56 AM

    This is spectacular .....no wonder you moved there....

    1. It is pretty here though quite different from New York..

  8. My first visit to Paris a week before Christmas in 1968 and the lights hooked me even then though they are much more spectacular now. Love getting to see them through your eyes (and camera).

  9. Sparkley lights everywhere.. do you where your sun glasses day & night ?

  10. Oh how gorgeous that Cartier exhibition is! I can only wish that I will be in Paris before February. Sadly I didn't win the lotto last night, so can't see me making it. It would be worth the trip for those pain d'epice stars too I suspect.

  11. Love those outdoor available light shots, I think I can even see the full moon in one! Looks cold out there :)

  12. Love those sweet ginger stars -- looks like a fabulous exhibit. I can just see that red number on Elizabeth Taylor!

  13. Bonjour chère amie,

    Tout un rêve !... et des étincelles plein les yeux...

    A l'aube de ces fêtes de fin d'année, je te souhaite tout plein de bonnes choses afin que tout se réalise, y compris le bonheur...

    Gros bisous à toi ♥

  14. Dying to see the Cartier exhibition! Will have to be one for the new year. Love all the pretty lights in this post!



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