Cartier: The Exhibition

Art, Jewellery
Cartier: The Exhibition, Preview 1
Photograph: Nick WalshCartier London, Rose clip brooch 1938
Cartier Paris, NGA, Preview 2
Photo: Vincent WulveryckCartier Paris, Stomacher brooch 1907
Cartier Paris, Two crocodile brooches 1975
Photograph: Nick WalshCartier Paris, Two crocodile brooches 1975
Cartier jewellery on display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Photograph: SuppliedCartier jewellery on display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Diamonds are everybody's best friend at this exhibition of super-glam Parisian jewellery

Ever since Marilyn Monroe exclaimed "Cartier!" in the 1953 movie musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes – well, since far before then – French luxury jeweller Cartier has been synonymous with glitzy sophistication.

There are few brands that conjure up quite the same sense of glamour, and this exhibition traces the evolution of that style across the 20th century, starting with pieces worn by the likes of Australian opera star Dame Nellie Melba, who was a client of Cartier at the turn of the century.

The exhibition features more than 300 extraordinarily intricate pieces for you to get up close and personal with, worn by royals, movie stars and fashion icons alike. You'll even be able to catch a close glimpse at some spectacular jewellery from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Royal collection, including the Halo Tiara that she lent to Kate Middleton for her wedding to Prince William. The tiara has travelled all the way from London to Canberra for this NGA Australian exclusive.

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