Brilliant

Cartier in the 20th Century
Nov 16, 2014–Mar 17, 2015

Necklace worn by Countess of Granard. Cartier London, special order, 1932. Platinum, diamonds, emerald. Height at center 8.80 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Egyptian striking clock owned by Mrs. George Blumenthal. Cartier Paris, 1927. Gold, silver gilt, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, coral, emerald, cornelian, enamel; 24 x 15.7 x 12.7 cm. Sold to Mrs. Blumenthal. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Crocodile necklace horizontal and vertical: Crocodile necklace made as a special order for María Félix. Cartier Paris, special order, 1975. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies; Length 30 cm. and 27.3 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Crocodile necklace horizontal and vertical: Crocodile necklace made as a special order for María Félix. Cartier Paris, special order, 1975. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies; Length 30 cm. and 27.3 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

Flamingo brooch: Flamingo brooch worn by the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier Paris, special order, 1940. Platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, citrine; 9.65 x 9.59 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

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Closed: November 16, 2014–Mar 17, 2015
Hamilton Building - Level 2
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Access & Spanish-Language Materials | 6 Kids Jewelry Templates

The world-exclusive exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century featured stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. The exhibition highlighted Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house's, evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories. Organized by the DAM, the exhibition was on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building.

Watch CBS Sunday Morning's feature of the exhibition and take a video tour.

Brilliant Access & Spanish-Language Materials

Access

Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:

  • Large-print booklets
  • Braille booklets
  • Large-print audio tour transcripts (of English adult audio tour and of English family-friendly audio tour)

Spanish

  • Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:
  • Spanish audio for Adult and Family audio tour
  • Spanish language large-print transcripts of audio tour
  • Spanish-language exhibition text booklet (available in-gallery)
  • iPad available for free checkout that has PDF of Spanish-language exhibition text
  • Downloadable Spanish-language exhibition text (PDF)

Kids Jewelry Design Templates

Downloadable PDF templates for kids to make their own jewelry:

This exhibition is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Exhibition support is also provided by Jet Linx Denver, Sill-TerHar Motors, Fine Arts Foundation, John Brooks Incorporated, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

News & Stories

  • Flamingo brooch worn by the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier Paris, special order, 1940. Platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, citrine; 9.65 x 9.59 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.

    Dates & Evening Hours Added for Brilliant Exhibition's Final Weeks

    Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century will be closing soon—this is your last chance to see it anywhere in the world! Due to popular demand, the Denver Art Museum has extended Brilliant through Tuesday, March 17. Evening hours also have been added for the final weekend, March 13-15 (open until 10 pm, with last entry between 8:30 and 9 pm). More

  • Brilliant Explores the Art of Smoking

    Brilliant Explores the Art of Smoking

    The Denver Art Museum exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century is divided into six sections, including one on the Art of Smoking. At the turn of the century smoking in polite society largely was limited to men and Russian women. As social norms loosened, cigarette smoking was widely adopted, and elegant smoking accessories became a necessity for fashionable men and women. The exhibition features cigar cutters, cigarette cases, and lighters from 1907 through the 1940s. More

  • Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

    Enjoy Asian Influences in Brilliant & in the Denver Art Museum Collection (Photos)

    A discussion of Asian artworks in our collection similar to Cartier's inspirations and designs. More

  • Get to Know Mexican Film Legend María Félix & See Her Jewels in Brilliant

    Get to Know Mexican Film Legend María Félix & See Her Jewels in Brilliant

    The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, features signature jewels created by the world-famous design house of Cartier. The significance of the show resides not only in the beauty of the magnificent jewels selected for the exhibition, but also in the exceptional degree of craftsmanship required to make each piece. It is not every day that one has the opportunity to experience the singular beauty and artistry of Cartier jewels in person. More