2011 art basel miami beach | cartier exhibition

lighting is the jewelry of a room.  and, aquarium, a mobile commissioned by the fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain, designed by brazilian artist beatriz milhazes, and crafted by cartier, was the jewel of art basel miami beach 2011.

the fondation cartier exhibited aquarium in the miami design district during art basel.

beatriz milhazes | aquarium | fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

cartier crafted the mobile from almost 15,000 carats of pearls, precious gems, and semi-precious stones, set in brass and gold vermeil.  the gems include over:

3200 carats of rubies

3200 carats of sapphires

1800 carats of turquoise

900 carats of coral

150 carats of emeralds

20 carats of diamonds

beatriz milhazes | aquarium | fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain | art basel miami beach 2011

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

would you describe aquarium as jewelry?  as, sculpture?  or, as decorative art?

artist beatriz milhazes

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fortunately, decorative lighting doesn’t need to be crafted from precious materials to resemble diamonds…

dining room | donghia furniture showroom | new york, NY | interior design by anita csordas

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cascade grand luminaire | crystal and aluminum | designed by todd rugee | boyd lighting

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diamants legers de cartier earrings | diamonds and white gold | cartier

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or, pearls…

dining room | november 2011 catalog | design within reach (dwr)

photo credit dwr

fun 11 pendant light | mother of pearl and steel | designed by verner panton | design within reach (dwr)

photo by dwr

south sea pearl and diamond necklace | gump’s

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rubies, sapphires, or emeralds…

dining room | private residence | southern, CA | architecture and interior design by newman mendro andrulaitus

 photo credit california homes

cellula chandelier | swarovski (r) crystals and aluminum | designed by nunzia carbone and tiziano vudafieri | anthologie quartett

swarovski (r) crystals available in crystal, red, blue, or green

photo credits anthologiequartett

ruby, diamond and 18k white gold line bracelet | asprey

sapphire, diamond and 18k white gold line bracelet | asprey

emerald, diamond and platinum line bracelet | asprey

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or, semi-precious stones.

dining room | september 2011 catalog | design within reach (dwr)

photo credit dwr

stamen pendant lights | amber, sapphire, or plum glass | designed by jeremy piles | niche modern

photo credits dwr

m’ama non m’ama rings | semi-precious stones and rose gold | pomellato

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you can never have too many jewels…