Sunday Eye Candy #9

A sneak peek at a new line of jewelry coming from Hermès… Attelage.

Hermès Attelage Bracelet

Hermès Attelage Bracelet

Hermès Attelage Ring

Hermès Attelage Ring

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Boucheron Adds to the Animal Collection

Boucheron Animal Collection Hera Sapphire Ring

Each year, Boucheron expands its whimsical Animal Collection and this year it is two exotic birds. The Hera rings, peacocks rendered in white diamonds or blue sapphires, can be worn together for a majestic statement across the hand, and the newest Nuri ring, an Indonesian parrot, features white diamonds with a sparkling emerald eye.

Boucheron Animal Collection Hera Diamond Ring

Boucheron Animal Collection Nuri Diamond Ring

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Get ready for a whole lot of purple in the next year…

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

The Pantone Color Institute today announced that the 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, succeeding 2013’s Emerald. This pinkish-purple shade appeared in Pantone’s Spring 2014 color report and was seen quite a bit on the Spring 2014 runways. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” I imagine it will be a booming year for pinkish-purple sapphires, tourmalines and spinels!

A ring from Tiffany & Co.'s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

A ring from Tiffany & Co.’s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

L'Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d'un Style Orchid Brooch  featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

L’Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d’un Style Orchid Brooch
featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps 'Dentelle de Monograme' Ring  featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps ‘Dentelle de Monograme’ Ring
featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

Cartier Exhibit Opens in Paris

A still from a film playing at the exhibition of Mike Todd presenting Elizabeth Taylor with  a ruby and diamond suite at Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat, France in 1957. Did you spot the distinctive red box? (© Premium Archive Films / Getty Image)

A still from a film playing at the exhibition of Mike Todd presenting Elizabeth Taylor with
a ruby and diamond suite at Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat, France in 1957. Did you spot the distinctive red box? (© Premium Archive Films / Getty Image)

The most comprehensive exhibition ever of Cartier objects has opened in Paris today. Held in the Salon d’Honneur of the Grand Palais, ‘Cartier: Style and History’ has 600 items along with 300 sketches on display, spanning the creation of the maison in 1847 through to the 1970s. The show takes the visitor on a journey through changing styles, putting the evolution of Cartier designs into the context of society, fashion, and world events at the time.

The Halo tiara worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day, the original Love bracelet, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, a ruby necklace given to Elizabeth Taylor by her third husband Mike Todd, a 478-carat Sri Lankan sapphire that once belonged to Queen Marie of Romania, the first Tutti Frutti designs and many more special items are on display. Most objects come from Cartier’s own archives (read an interesting article about that here), but loans have also been provided by Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family of Monaco, the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, among others, as well as public institutions. Prepare to be dazzled.

The exhibition runs until February 16, 2014. Watch a teaser video released by the Grand Palais at the end of the post.

The 'Tutti Frutti' necklace of Daisy Fellows, originally commissioned in 1936  but remade several times, this being the final version.

The ‘Tutti Frutti’ necklace of Daisy Fellows, originally commissioned in 1936
but remade several times, this being the final version.

One of many pieces commissioned by the Duchess of Windsor, the Flamingo Brooch.

One of many pieces commissioned by the Duchess of Windsor, the Flamingo Brooch.

This Cartier necklace was famously commissioned by Mexican actress María Félix,  who brought her pet crocodile to the Cartier store to act as model.

This Cartier necklace was famously commissioned by Mexican actress María Félix,
who brought her pet crocodile to the Cartier store to act as model.

One of many tiaras on display, the Cartier Halo tiara was originally purchased  by the then-Duke of York in 1936, gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday, and loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge for her wedding day in 2011.

One of many tiaras on display, the Cartier Halo tiara was originally purchased
by the then-Duke of York in 1936, gifted to Queen Elizabeth II on her 18th birthday, and loaned to the Duchess of Cambridge for her wedding day in 2011.