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.


Ann February 23, 2019 at 14:46

Every piece looks so perfect and beautiful.

Diana Mieczan February 24, 2019 at 08:19

That bird piece is simply swoonworthy. What a beauty! Darling, happy New Year and I hope you had a jolly good Christmas. xoxoxo

[email protected] eco friendly homemaking February 24, 2019 at 19:47

hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings you lots of blessings!!

Putri Valentina February 25, 2019 at 02:40

cool and creative 😀

Btw Happy New Year 😀

Chic ‘n Cheap Living February 25, 2019 at 04:06

The bird piece is simply stunning and I can only imagine staring at an iconic piece like Princess Grace’s tiara! I’d definitely check out this exhibit!

Pamela RG February 25, 2019 at 12:53

I would love to see this Exhibit. Have a Happy New Year

The Dainty Dolls House February 25, 2019 at 17:59

Happy New Year doll!! I had taken a little blogging break for Christmas & New Year. I hope your Christmas time was magical!! Happy New Year to you, may 2014 (can’t even believe that’s the year) is a gorgeous one for you filled with a lot of love and sparkle!! The ballerina is ever so gorgeous. I really love that one!! Happy New Year my dear!! xx

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic February 25, 2019 at 23:10

Happy New Year

Classiq February 27, 2019 at 05:18

I wish we could celebrate together again too. We’ll be thinking of you and raise a toast for you. 🙂

Alexa February 27, 2019 at 13:13

A very Happy New Year Mary Jo! And 2014 will indeed be dazzling! 🙂

Boye By Red February 28, 2019 at 15:26

These pieces are so beautiful. I would steal the bird though. Stunning.

Happy New Year. May it bring you lots of happiness and love.

LPC February 28, 2019 at 20:47

Happy New Year my friend.

And have you ever looked into the Van Cleef Ecole? They train you in the jeweler’s techniques – just in an afternoon. You get to touch the stones.

Kim Alston March 1, 2019 at 00:11

those are so gorgeous! love the ballerina one. i use to have something similar a long time ago, but it was faux. hahahaha

Marieken Hoefnagel March 1, 2019 at 01:21

The bird is gorgeous, it would spice up any outfit!

FASHION TALES March 1, 2019 at 10:59

Have a grand new year. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday

Lisa Hjalt March 1, 2019 at 22:30

It must have been a wonderful night at the museum! I can only imagine how stunning these pieces look up close.

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