Public domain photos courtesy of National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Jewels of the Queen Mother
Brilliant beyond Cartier’s imagining
fitting crown for a queenly brow
jeweled geometry of shape and pattern
sprinkled with diamonds
sown with platinum
dusted with silver
dotted with rubies
gleaming treasure veiled in light
uncloaks in shadow of the night
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century was a world-exclusive-to-Denver-Colorado exhibit of Cartier creations which closed last month. As otherworldly and exquisite as human work can be. Here are some examples:
The actual diamonds from photos above are bright white; the colors you see in the photographs are from my cell phone camera and reflected light in the exhibit. However, the jeweled cherry trees and bracelet with cherry tree motif below do have colored jewels.
the Jupiter of sapphire pendants
Isn’t that the truth!? That is so for many of these pieces – there were rooms and rooms of them, laden with heavy emeralds and other enormous stones. Unreal. But of course you wear a collar, Sandy, so you know about having something heavy around your neck.
Thank you, Gislinde, and I’m glad you are back on WP.
Great set of photos. I’d have to say about the one – “Holy Jupiter, Sapphire you gonna cause that old lady to have a sway back!”
So schöne Fotos und viele Sterne wünsche dir einen glücklichen Tag und einen schönen ersten Mai lieber Gruß Gislinde
Yes, Ian. These pieces were all commissioned, by the Prince of Wales, a Maharaja, and the like. Even in 1920’s-30’s prices, they would be out of range.
Truly a beautiful display of Jewelry and Gems, I would be satisfied with the Watch.
A little out of my price range Monica.