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    • 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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      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
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      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

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

    • Just in Time for the Oscars! Discover Brilliant's Hollywood Connections
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      Just in Time for the Oscars! Discover Brilliant's Hollywood Connections

      In honor of the Oscars (Feb. 22) and Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, we’ve compiled the following list of movies that feature some of the finest jewels from Cartier on several of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies. During the golden age of Hollywood (1920-1960s), many leading actresses created longstanding relationships with Cartier and accumulated collections of the exquisite jewelry, worn on and off screen. More

    • Make a Statement This Month at Untitled
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      Make a Statement This Month at Untitled

      Note: Download the program (PDF) for February 27.

      At Untitled: Statement Piece at the Denver Art Museum on February 27 we’re doing everything with style and definitely a lot of pizazz. This final Friday is all about making a statement in whichever medium you choose: fashion, film, poetry, prose or even cabinetry. More

    • CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)
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      CBS Sunday Morning Features Brilliant (Video)

      For Valentine's Day, CBS Sunday Morning focused on romance, including a visit to Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Below, watch Jane Pauley chat with curator Margaret Young-Sánchez and with one of the couples that got engaged in the exhibition. Brilliant is on view exclusively at the Denver Art Museum until March 15. Buy tickets. More

    • Travis Ogden in shop
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      Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Travis Ogden

      The Naja Tool & Supply, Inc. was opened in 1976 and has become the largest resource of tools and supplies in Colorado.

      In the early nineties, Travis Ogden was teaching metalsmithing at the Front Range Community College, where on his way to class he would buy supplies from the Naja. Eventually, he started working at the store, and in 1998 he took ownership. More

    • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brilliant at the DAM
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      Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brilliant at the DAM

      Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century (on view at the Denver Art Museum until March 15) tells many stories about changes in style, culture, politics, and technology during the twentieth century. It also tells stories about some of the most storied romances of the era, including the following:

      Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd More

    • Collectors' Choice 34 Honored Cathey McClain Finlon
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      Collectors' Choice 34 Honored Cathey McClain Finlon

      On December 11, over 375 guests gathered for Collectors’ Choice 34, the premier black-tie gala for the Denver Art Museum. This year’s Collectors’ Choice honored Cathey McClain Finlon for four decades of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the museum. More

    • Secrets of the Cartier Nécessaire
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      Secrets of the Cartier Nécessaire

      The Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century features about a dozen examples of vanity cases, an item largely foreign to modern women. Also called nécessaires, vanity cases were designed to hold just that: a fashionable lady’s necessities, often including a mirror, powder and a puff, cigarettes, rouge (blush), a comb, and an inset lipstick case. More

    • Meet Steve Osborne: The Man behind the Denver Art Museum Mounts
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      Meet Steve Osborne: The Man behind the Denver Art Museum Mounts

      Tucked away on level seven of the North Building is a workshop equipped with drills, metal rods, a sander, anvils, and more. This is where Steve Osborne, Denver Art Museum mount maker, spends his days innovating new ways to optimally display art. Steve is a down-to-earth guy with an extraordinary craft. More

    • Jesse Mathes working
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      Jewelry Studio Demo Artist: Jesse Mathes

      Jesse Mathes’ art has been inspired by her time as a traveler and, more recently, her role as a mother.

      A Colorado native with degrees in metalsmithing and jewelry, Jesse Mathes creates large-scale pieces using various metals that act as body adornments, ranging from corsets to collars, inspired by her travels in France. More

    • Take a Video Tour of Brilliant
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      Take a Video Tour of Brilliant

      Join Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum, and Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director of Cartier, on a video tour through Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Journey through important moments in history with some of most beautiful and brilliant objects in the world. More

    • Opening Gala Celebrates Brilliant
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      Opening Gala Celebrates Brilliant

      On November 14, The Museum Associates, patrons, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the opening of Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, the Denver Art Museum’s world-exclusive exhibition featuring stunning jewelry, accessories, and precious objects. More

    • Denver School of the Arts Students Propose Designs for DAM Jewelry Studio
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      Denver School of the Arts Students Propose Designs for DAM Jewelry Studio

      Bottle-cap necklaces, rubber-band bracelets, and macaroni jewelry. These are just a few of the ideas that ninth-grade students at Denver School of the Arts (DSA) suggested we consider for jewelry-making activities in the Denver Art Museum’s Jewelry Studio, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. More

    • Etched in Gold: Brilliant Inscriptions
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      Etched in Gold: Brilliant Inscriptions

      Personalized gifts were (and still are) a specialty of Cartier. The design house’s clientele often purchased cigarette cases, clocks, and other accessories to commemorate special events, notable achievements, or personal relationships. These unique objects served as official tributes and tokens of affection. You can see striking illustrations of these gifts in Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. More

    • A Passion for Watches: Brilliant Exhibition Explores "Machines with Souls"
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      A Passion for Watches: Brilliant Exhibition Explores "Machines with Souls"

      It started with an advertisement: my husband was approaching his 40th birthday when he saw the back cover of The New Yorker, graced with an ad for a luxury watch brand. The ad copy suggested that you never actually own the watch, but rather merely look after it for the next generation. Geoff had already been turning over the idea of what it meant to turn 40 in his mind, but that ad cemented it for him: He decided that he wanted a watch for his birthday. It would be something that was finely crafted and could last long enough to pass on to our sons. More

    • Jewelry Designer & Style Icon Jeanne Toussaint's Creations Featured in Brilliant
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      Jewelry Designer & Style Icon Jeanne Toussaint's Creations Featured in Brilliant

      Throughout her almost 50-year tenure at Cartier, Director of Fine Jewelry Jeanne Toussaint (1887–1978) played an important role in molding the famous maison into the luxurious establishment it is today. A fashion icon and an intrepid woman of taste and vision, her creations (some of which are on display in Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum) greatly influenced twentieth-century jewelry design. More