The world of nature becomes a sparkling pageant of gemstones and precious metals at the exhibition The Art of Cartier, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. It presents 420 pieces of jewellery, timepieces and other valuable objects, from the Cartier Collection, and private loans including those from the Spanish Royal Family and the Palace of Monaco.
Above, bird clip brooch, 1944, in gold, platinum, diamond, emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Designed and made during the period in which Jeanne Toussaint, nicknamed 'The Panther,' was head of the Fine Jewelry Department, developed pieces based on flora and fauna.
Above, palm-tree clip brooch, 1957, in platinum, white gold, diamonds, and seven Burmese rubies (a total of 23.10 carats in total).
Above, a beautiful and slightly ironic tiger lorgnette, made to order by the Duchess of Windsor, 1954.
Above, laurel clip brooch, 1943, in gold, platinum, diamonds and sapphires.
Butterfly clip brooches, in gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, coral and enamel. From French actress Josette Day.
Info on the Museum:
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., Mondays closed. In the museum there is a restaurant-café, and a shop & bookstore. The ticket for the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions generally costs €15. Unless you were born in 1992 (making you 20 this year, like the museum), in which case entry to the permanent collection is free of charge. Bring proof of age with you.
Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8
Madrid, 28014 Spain
(+34) 902 760 511