Glittering Cartier Exhibition Opens at the National Gallery of Australia
Naomi Watts wears Cartier Magicien Collection necklace and earrings, Cartier Royal Collection ring and Panthère de Cartier clutch bag with Preen dress and Aquazzura shoes. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

The National Gallery of Australia’s extraordinary exhibition—featuring many of the world’s greatest jewels—opens in Canberra on 30 March. Cartier: The Exhibition includes the tiara loaned to Catherine Middleton on her wedding day by Her Majesty The Queen, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring and Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby and diamond necklace, along with some of the most exquisite pieces from the stunning Cartier Collection.

Academy-Award nominated Australian actress, Naomi Watts, was a special guest to celebrate the launch of Cartier: The Exhibition. ‘It’s fantastic to be in Canberra to see this gorgeous exhibition,’ said Ms Watts. ‘It’s a beautiful show full of history and style that all Australians must see.’

Featuring more than 300 works of art, the exhibition showcases outstanding necklaces, brooches, tiaras, watches and ornaments, alongside rarely seen archival drawings, photographs and ephemera. Co-curated by Margaret Young-Sánchez, formerly Chief Curator of Denver Art Museum and the NGA, the exhibition showcases pieces from the Cartier Collection, museums, institutions and private collectors.

‘This exhibition is the most outstanding collection of important jewels Australia has ever seen, and is ever likely to see again,’ said Gerard Vaughan, NGA Director. ‘This is an unmissable opportunity to see masterpieces of this craftsmanship and quality up close.’


‘We are honoured to collaborate with the NGA on this exhibition,’ said Pierre Rainero, Director of Image, Style and Heritage at Cartier. ‘The vision of Cartier’s creative force, Louis Cartier, is further realised by the aesthetic and content of this one-of-a-kind exhibition through its innovation and style in presenting not only the jewels, but also the social context surrounding their history.’

Strategic Partner Visit Canberra recognises the value of such a significant and exclusive exhibition to the National Capital. ‘We are proud to welcome these works of art—so many belonging to historic icons of film, stage and royalty—exclusively to Canberra,’ said Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister. ‘It is exhibitions such as this that contribute to our capital’s record visitor numbers and growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination, bringing visitors from far and wide.’

Cartier: The Exhibition on until 22 July 2018. Tickets on sale through Ticketek.