What could be better than two magestic jewelry exhibits in one week? Yes, after the masterful Joël Arthur Rosenthal show at the Met in New York, I visited the Cartier exhibit at the Grand Palais. An assured immersion in the universe of France’s greatest jeweler. Both historic and thematic in scope, it is the largest exhibit ever dedicated to Cartier, with more than 600 pieces on display. Here we find the famous ceremonial necklace of the Maharaja of Patiala, Grace of Monaco’s engagement ring, beetle brooches made with antique Egyptian turquoise and dating to Antiquity, jewels belonging to Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson’s funny duck head brooch… more than enough to turn heads and eyes! Cartier designed jewelry in every style, from neoclassic (also called garland, this is an homage to the 18th century and the style of Marie Antoinette) to Art Deco, Modern, Oriental, and Russian. In the ateliers of his famous boutique, all of Cafe Society’s famous clients saw their dreams and special orders come to life. What fascinated me the most in all of this were the clients– above all, the women! They were fanciful, strong, rich and powerful, collectors of husbands and often victim of drug addictions. Among these: Barbara Hutton and her seven husbands (including Cary Grant and Porfirio Rubirosa), Marjorie Merriweather Post (the wealthiest woman in America, at only 27 years old!), Maria Felix (a Mexican actress who went for walks with living crocodiles), Daisy Fellowes (the heiress of the Singer sewing machine fortune). For all those who love beautiful stones and beautiful stories, this exhibit is a must! Absolutely do not miss it.