Just in time for the holidays, Cartier celebrates 100 years in America with an extensively sparkly exhibit. San Francisco's Legion of Honor is hosting an exclusive exhibit through April 18. The collection houses more than 200 objects, starting with the Belle Époque through to the 1960s and '70s; jewelry of the gilded age and art-deco period surround platinum-set diamond tiaras, mystery clocks, and exotic creatures. The real stunners are the royal pieces worn by high society and Hollywood legends; an exotic flamingo brooch made for the Duchess of Windsor, diamond bangles worn by screen legend Gloria Swanson, and — my favorite — Princess Grace of Monaco's Cartier engagement jewelry (pictured). There's no denying Cartier's pukka power. Here's to another 100 years of diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
Beach loving princesses will swoon over The Mermaid's Palace seashell tiaras. Using authentic seashells, pearl beads, rhinestones, and other pieces, artist Kari Jeanne Lobdell adorns fabric wrapped metal tiara bands so they can be molded to fit any sized noggin.
If I were styling a flower girl for a beach wedding, I'd pick out one of these gems for the special occasion. Prices on the decorative accessories run between $35 — $150. Tiny tots will be drawn to the magical pieces but they are probably best suited for older girls as they are crafted with small parts.