Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, Belgium

Dazzling desire

Exhibition runs from 18 October 2017 to 14 January 2018

MAS is hosting the Cartier Collection to commemorate the Year of the Diamond in Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world for over 550 years. To mark the occasion, MAS is hosting the Dazzling desire exhibition and offering a psychology-based ethnographic study of how Western societies value and portray this exquisite stone. Diamonds are featured on many of the world's most precious objects, signifying man's desire for authority, power, and wealth.

The Cartier Collection joins in the cultural study by showing one of its most important pieces: the Cartier tiara that belonged to Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians. A stunning interpretation of the power of jewels, the headpiece is on display alongside historic jewellery and contemporary creations. It brings back the famous words of the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VIII, who once described Cartier as "Jeweller of Kings, King of Jewellers". Another exceptional piece on display is a star brooch made in the early years of Cartier.

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Dazzling Desire exhibition
Star brooch












Star brooch

Cartier Paris, 1889


Gold, silver



Marian Gérard, Cartier Collection © Cartier









Cartier Paris, 1910





Sold to Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians (1876-1965)


Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier