Jewels of the Queen Mother/Earth Day 2015

night sky nps-2night sky nps-1Public 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:Cartier-1jpgCartier-2


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.jeweled cherry trees and bracelet





Cartier cherry tree bracelet-1Cartier sapphire pendantthe Jupiter of sapphire pendants


Cartier sky clock Cartier lunar modulelunar landing module
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6 Responses to Jewels of the Queen Mother/Earth Day 2015

  1. Monica says:

    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.

  2. Monica says:

    Thank you, Gislinde, and I’m glad you are back on WP.

  3. SandySays1 says:

    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!”

  4. giselzitrone says:

    So schöne Fotos und viele Sterne wünsche dir einen glücklichen Tag und einen schönen ersten Mai lieber Gruß Gislinde

  5. Monica says:

    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.

  6. The Emu says:

    Truly a beautiful display of Jewelry and Gems, I would be satisfied with the Watch.
    A little out of my price range Monica.

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