Now on view at Cartier’s flagship store in Midtown East, The Cartier Haute Joaillerie Exhibition is a dazzling showcase of rare (not to mention colossal) precious stones finely crafted into wearable works of art. Just as rare is a museum-quality presentation of this type and magnitude.
“Many of the pieces on view were created to highlight specific gemstones so rare that it would be next to impossible to find another of the same color and size,” reports artnet News. “As a result, most of this high jewelry can never be replicated—although Cartier will produce a second version of select pieces should there be interest from two parties. Because it’s all for sale, the exhibition is likely the only opportunity the public will ever have to see this work.”
The exhibition takes place across three floors, the first two of which are dedicated to contemporary pieces. The third floor showcases a curated selection of exceptional vintage pieces Cartier bought back from the secondary market, hailing from as early as the 1920s.
In addition, the third floor plays temporary host to three Parisian jewelers who provide the “Cartier Atelier” experience. On site, they provide a glimpse into the process of forging unparalleled Cartier pieces. The workshop is complete with a workbench and original sketches of select pieces on view.
In a statement, the president and CEO of Cartier North America explained: “Guests will have the unique opportunity to experience the art of high jewelry in person, bearing witness to the traditions of skilled craftsmanship that have been handed down within our Maison for more than 170 years.”
The Cartier Haute Joaillerie Exhibition will remain on view at Cartier, 653 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022 until October 29, 2017.