Bijoux Parisiens explores the intriguing intersection where French history, art, and fashion meet. Bringing together dazzling works from the great jewelry houses of Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, Lalique, and Van Cleef & Arpels that call Paris home, this exhibition tells the story of French jewelry from the 17th to the 20th century. Drawn from the collection of the Petit Palais, one of the French capital’s greatest museums,
Bijoux Parisiens features 50 works of jewelry and over 150 drawings, fashion prints, paintings, and photographs. The exhibition traces changing styles from lavish Baroque designs, to the refined Neoclassicism of the Napoleonic era, to the modern sensibility of the Art Deco age. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds sparkle in the brooches, necklaces, and bracelets that reflect the work of dozens of talented artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, who created extraordinary objects.
Bijoux Parisiens illustrates the historic events and influences that shaped French art and helped establish the great Parisian maisons that remain household names to this day.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website