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Continuing my posts on the Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, on our recent Canberra trip.
Walking into the last section, we were greeted by a large screen on which were playing video segments of Marilyn Monroe acting in movies that referenced diamonds.
I didn’t pay much attention, though, some, including Acerules, did. There were more glittery prizes to seek out.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 "it's a tiara" scene hd:
Necklace owned by Merle Oberon, with baroque shaped emeralds:
Vivian Leigh’s conmpact:
Your average tiger on a hot day. Owned by Barbara Hutton:
Les homme préfèrent les blondes - Marilyn Monroe - Diamonds are a girl's best friend:
Maria Felix was a great movie star in her native Mexico, Europe, and elsewhere, but she turned down roles in Hollywood. This is a song written by one of her husbands, it is sad and romantic, about a troubadour coming around at night and making him sad, wondering if the moon is shining on his beloved somewhere too:
Well of course Acerules loved these famous crocodile and snake necklaces of Maria’s. The story goes that she took a live baby croc into the jeweller for inspiration, but they took creative license, and used yellow diamonds on one, and emeralds on the other. She sold the snake and crocs before she died.
Daisy was also, allegedly, a player. Other people’s boyfriends, husbands, etc, were not off limits. She was allegedly not maternal, and rather caustic with her tongue. But style she had in droves. The colourful Tutti Fruiti necklace on the left was comprised of jewels , sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, recycled from 3 old pieces, and is now iconic.
Another of my favourite actresses, so beautiful, and I had a treasured book on her too:
I asked Ace to pose for the photo for her memories:
Of course, Elizabeth Taylor’s famous jewellery collection, so full of provenance, was sold off to benefit AIDS patients, bless ‘er.
The Mike Todd/Elizabeth Taylor necklace:
One of the most stylish women in the world in the 1930s captured an English King’s heart so that he gave up his crown for her. He then bought her lots of Cartier jewellery during their marriage. Several of the pieces here are very famous, and Cartier are proud. They have adopted the panther as their mascot, and it appears in their ads.
Impossible to show the sparkle with the iPad:
Masterpieces of the jeweller’s art:
Getting Ace to pose with the iconic pieces:
Cartier: The Exhibition:
English translation and meaning of the song with Maria Felix: Noche de Ronda:
Maria Felix’s jewels:
Daisy Fellowes’ amazing necklace: