Our first excursion in Canberra was to the National Art Gallery to see the Cartiér exhibition, a once in a lifetime experience, so I took lots of photos to show you. It was not hubby’s thing, so he wandered around the permanent displays in the gallery instead. Acerules and I had purchased our tickets to the bling show earlier, however, so we bypassed the queue. The displays were chronological and well signposted, which I include here. There were too many to photograph everything.
The first section was 19 th century Cartier objects, this display was impossible to get in focus as it glittered with diamonds so much. Imagine a ballroom filled with such jewels, no need for disco lights!
Impossible to capture the glitter of the diamonds with the iPad:
Ballet costume and set:
The piece at the top was usually a tiara. There were alot of them!
Acerules agreed that these earrings were in her “style” (a nebulous concept I’ve never grasped):
There was a sign near this display pointing out how expensive natural pearls were in those days. Cartier actually exchanged a pearl necklace for a building!
Emeralds and diamonds
Sapphire cabochon, diamonds and rubies
Back of a clock:
Note, 1928 the year before the great stock market crash:
Diamonds, of course, for the head:
Over 800 diamonds in this Indian style convertible bracelet:
Earrings with diamonds and sapphires:
There were a few Halo tiaras,it turns out that it refers to a shape, this is not the Kate Middleton one:
Acerules loved this snake necklace, as she loves animals including reptiles:
Ace enjoying the displays:
Cigarette holders begin to make an appearance:
Front of that clock I showed earlier:
Design drawings by Cartier:
Just twist his head to open this bangle:
Dahrrrrrling!! So good you could make it! (Air kisses).
I like this one:
Part 2 of the Cartier exhibition is next.