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Bijoux de Stars - Americain jewels
Musée Carnavalet

Musée Carnavalet, 23, rue Sévigné, 75003. Until 7 may 2006.

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Presented by the National Jewelry Institute of New York, this rich exhibition reveals us on the other side of the Atlantic several treasures of American jewelry very representative of the show business spirit of the famous customers.  200 exceptional pieces signed  by Tiffany, Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels are shown in the Carnavalet Museum.  They carry inside them the memory dazzling stars such as Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Loretta Young, the Duchess of Windsor, Jackie Kennedy among others.  If the exhibition spans two centuries, end XVIIIth at end XXth, the most spectacular pieces were made up between 1930 and 1960, golden age of the American media power.  A ballerina of platinum and gold, inspired by the dancer Anna Pavlova was thus ordered by the Balanchine choreographer to Van Cleef.  This exhibition traveled to Moscow and London before coming to Paris.  The influence of France, its creators and dressmakers, is unquestionably found in many jewels.  The influence of nature, in particular at the time Art nouveau gave birth to some exceptional flowers, such as these pins orchids presented by Tiffany at the World Fair of 1889 and sold in a few days.  Typically American, few jewels are dedicated to the sport, specially baseball.  Others celebrate an event such as this watch commemorating the flight of Wilbut Wright above New York on September 30, 1909.

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