Cartier and America

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Prestel Verlag, Jan 10, 2010 - Antiques & Collectibles - 176 pages
Itżs been one hundred years since the House of Cartier openedits doors on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Since then the luxuryjeweler has been creating exquisite brooches, bracelets, tiaras,timepieces, and other itemsżincluding scent bottles, so-calledmystery clocks, and handbagsżmany of them speciallycommissioned by their illustrious patrons.Readers will see up close Gloria Swanson's bracelets fromSunset Boulevard, Douglas Fairbanksżs elegant watch, theDuchess of Windsorżs panther brooch, and Grace Kellyżs 10.47-carat diamond engagement ring, as well as items owned byMarion Davies, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Hutton, and ElizabethTaylor. Author Martin Chapman offers an in-depth explorationof how Cartier conquered America, from its European birth in1847 to its arrival on the other side of the Atlantic, and from itswhimsical Art Deco creations to the red carpet prominencethat linked the name Cartier with fame, wealth, and exclusivity.In addition to stunning color images of each object, the bookfeatures photographs of stars and heiresses wearing theirCartier jewelry. A beautiful volume for fashion aficionados, thistrove of jewelry is a tribute to Cartierżs ingenuity andunmatched craftsmanship.

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