I hope that you’ve been having a wonderful holiday! Christmas has come and gone and since we’re on the cusp of New Year’s eve in all it’s sparkly wonder, it seemed like the perfect time to check out the Van Cleef & Arpels show at the Bower Museum yesterday. A friend has been raving about the JAR show at the Met but I was not expecting such glamour in Santa Ana. The obvious show stopper is the Van Cleef & Arpels platinum and diamond tiara worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, but that’s just the beginning of fairy tale moments.
You know it’s a good show when women of all ages are jostling to ogle the cases, but not that surprising once you realize that one hundred years of Van Cleef & Arpels pieces are on display. Thirteen year old girls were whispering in awe “This is the coolest thing ever!” and ladies old enough to be their great grandmothers were having the same reaction. It was super cool.
I got lost in the wings of the bird pieces, entranced by the diamond studded mini-audieres, and fell in instant love with Barbara Hutton’s whimsical taste, Elizabeth Taylor’s flamboyant choices, and the flowering jewels that Marie Callas wore amidst a swirl of fans that still shine just as bright today.
Well, in the blink of an eye, we’re entering a new year, and it promises to be every bit as dazzling as these gems. I’m wishing you and your loved ones all happiness in the coming year.