Canberra’s highly prized National Gallery of Australia has been quite the destination as of late and the buzz isn’t going anywhere soon, especially when the recent opening of Cartier: The Exhibition. From now until July 22nd, one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of jewellery to ever be displayed in Australia will be presented to visitors, showcasing some of the world’s most precious jewels, with many worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Her Majesty The Queen (yes, it even includes rare loaned items from the royal collection).
The exhibition will feature more than 300 pieces from the renowned French luxury jewellers, spanning everything from brooches and tiaras to ornaments and watches, complemented by drawings and photographs. Highlights include Queen Elizabeth’s “Halo” tiara, which was worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William; Dam Nellie Melba’s diamond stretcher brooch; Barbara Hutton’s imperial jadeite necklace; Princess Grace of Monaco’s 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring; Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby necklace; and a special selection from the NGA’s Ballets Russes costumes.
Sound like something worth the trip? If once-in-a-lifetime jewellery is your thing, then you’re damn right it is. For those heading down, make note of the special package being offered by Kington’s East Hotel. The sleek apartment hotel has put together two different weekend packages for the exhibition which include one or two nights stay in an East two-bedroom apartment, tickets to the exhibition, and a dinner and cocktail experience at the property’s Agostinis Restaurant and Joe’s Bar with a bespoke bejewelled dessert created especially for the occasion. There’s a package curated for two adults, and there’s another one designed for families (which includes tickets to Questacon) so make sure you check out details for both over HERE.
For more information on the exhibition head on over to the official NGA website HERE.