Jewelry from historic Cartier Collection goes on display at Madrid museum

Around 400 items of jewelry from the historic Cartier Collection have gone on display at Madrid's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The well-known French jewelry firm has created a display, called the Art of Cartier, presenting a selection of the finest jewels that the firm has repurchased over the decades.

Among the items are one-off jewelry pieces commissioned for famous actresses Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as jewelry worn by designer Coco Chanel and for American socialite Wallis Simpson whose marriage to King Edward VIII led to his abdication.

The museum exhibition, which opened on October 24, includes tiaras, earrings and necklaces, with items from the start of the 20th century to the modern day.

The exhibition has been created to show how styles have changed over the years from Garland designs to Art Deco gems, the Tutti Frutti collection combining rubies, emeralds and sapphires, and jewelry inspired by China, Egypt and India.