One of the many perks of living in a large metropolitan area, is the abundance of cultural activities. Our area is blessed with tremendous museums. One of my favorite places to visit, is Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Washington, D.C. estate, which is now a museum. Following her divorce from her third husband, Joseph Davies in 1955, Marjorie purchased Hillwood, which remained her Washington residence for the rest of her life. Hillwood is surrounded by 25 acres of lawn and gardens in northwest Washington, on the edge of Rock Creek Park.
The exhibit “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems” opened on June 7, and will run through December 31, 2014. The exhibit is composed of remarkable Cartier pieces once owned by Ms. Post, a devotee of the Cartier brand.
She was a avid collector of many different things and jewelry, the finest jewelry, was one of them.
“The exhibition of Post’s most important Cartier acquisitions offers a snapshot of the very time at which Cartier in the 1920’s boldly embraced the modern sensibilities of the Art Deco period and attracted the interest of the world’s most visible and fashionable clientele,” said Liana Paredes, Hillwood’s director of collections and exhibition curator.
There are several highlights of the exhibition, including a brooch made of seven 17th century carved Mogul emeralds, weighing a total of 250 carats, as well as a 21-carat Colombian emerald that once had been set into a ring worn by the emperor of Mexico, Maximilian.
Many of the Cartier pieces that Post donated to the Smithsonian Institute in 1964 will also be on display, such as an Indian style necklace featuring 23 baroque cut emerald drops.“Marjorie didn’t just purchase jewelry off the shelf. She was a connoisseur who knew gems and chose only those of the highest quality,” said Hillwood Executive Director Kate Markert. “She recognized great design and knew how to wear her jewelry to show it to its best advantage.”
If you are in the D.C., you don’t want to miss this exhibit!
Adult Tickets $15.00