First jewelry exhibition illuminates At-Turaif heritage site

Prince Omar bin Saud’s palace was once the residence of Imam Saud al-Kabir’s son. The palace, dubbed the “Grand Palais,” is one of the venues chosen for the exhibition of the Cartier collection due to its intricate design and architecture.
The exhibition aims to pay homage to the link between Cartier design and Diriyah as a cultural, artistic and historical center.

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“At Cartier, we find our inspiration in the diversity of the world. Our house has been established on the peninsula since 1912”, explains Mr. Lanssari.
This is the first high jewelry event held in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Site in Riyadh. The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) partnered with Cartier to bring this exhibit to life.
“Diriyah is considered the ‘jewel of the Kingdom’. We have proven this lately, starting to host a series of arts and culture programs for the expanding audience across Saudi Arabia,” says DGDA CEO Jerry Inzerillo.
“As a global destination for history and culture enthusiasts, the “Al-Thara wa Althuraya” exhibition is an ideal complement to what we do and, above all, it respects the richness and diversity of history. Saudi,” he adds.

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At-Turaif is a symbol of Saudi Arabia’s rich history and offers a glimpse into classical Najdi architecture from the 1700s.
“Our founder, Jacques Cartier, visited the region for the first time in search of extraordinary pearls and he returned with much more: friendships, memorable moments shared with the inhabitants and great sources of inspiration, which continue to ‘influence the unique creativity that our creations bear witness to,’ emphasizes Kalid Lanssari.
The exhibitions were presented in the two palaces where the pieces of the Cartier Heritage Museum are displayed and the new models created were inspired by various cultures and regions. Forty pieces of fine jewelry were exhibited at Prince Omar bin Saud’s palace in five different sections, marking specific design styles including flora and fauna, geometry and contrast, architecture and purity, explorations cultural and playful.
Cartier’s founder, Louis-François Cartier, was known for his openness, creativity, passion and interest in different cultures. This is how he developed his inspiration for the house and evolved the brand into unique pieces that highlight different regions of the world. The new designs each feature bold contrasts of colors and patterns that pay homage to diverse cultures, including India and Arabia.
At Prince Saad’s Palace, Cartier displayed its heritage museum pieces – a special team is dedicated to acquiring these unique Cartier creations around the world when they come up for auction.

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Cartier is committed to preserving and honoring the beauty and heritage of its precious pieces, wherever they are in the world. Thirty-seven rare heritage pieces were on display, such as Princess Margaret’s pink clip brooch, made to special order from Cartier London in 1938; a scrolled tiara sold to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in 1910; and the choker necklace made by Cartier Paris on special order in 1928 for Sir Bhupinder Singh, Maharajah of Patiala, which was found and restored in 2008 after the central yellow diamonds disappeared. This necklace, originally created for a man, has only been worn by one woman in the world, pop star Rihanna.
“This collaboration is a real honor and we look forward to the journey ahead of us,” says Lanssari.
“This partnership has been a pleasure, we loved welcoming our honored guests and we look forward to the next few days,” adds Mr. Inzerillo.

This text is the translation of an article published on Arabnews.com

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First jewelry exhibition illuminates At-Turaif heritage site