Diamonds are forever: Jewels once worn by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel go on display

Diamonds are forever: Jewels once worn by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel go on display

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17:25 GMT, 22 October 2012

Nearly 400 pieces from the historic
Cartier Collection have gone on public display.

The legendary French jewellers have created an exhibition, called the Art of Cartier, which presents a selection of
the finest jewels they have repurchased over the decades.

Exhibits include one-off commissions for leading ladies Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as gems worn by designer Coco Chanel and the once controversial Wallis Simpson.

Dazzling display: Nearly 400 pieces from the historic Cartier Collection are on show

Dazzling display: Nearly 400 pieces from the historic Cartier Collection are on show

Timeless: The collection includes items from the early 20th century to the present day

Timeless: The collection includes items from the early 20th century to the present day

Gemstones: The collection includes art deco styles of earrings and necklaces like this emerald set, right

Gemstones: The collection includes art deco styles of earrings and necklaces like this emerald set, right

Gemstones: The collection includes art deco styles of earrings and necklaces like this emerald set, right

Fit for royalty: This diamond tiara is part of the collection

Fit for royalty: This diamond tiara is part of the collection

Famous wearers: A necklace worn by Grace Kelly and the engagement ring of Grace of Monaco are part of the collection

Famous wearers: A necklace worn by Grace Kelly and the engagement ring of Grace of Monaco are part of the collection

Tiaras earrings and necklaces are all on display at Madrid's Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza from this month.

The pieces from the early 20th century to the modern day show how styles have evolved over the decades from Garland designs to Art Deco gems and jewellery inspired by China, Egypt and India.

Crocodile rock: Exhibits include these crocodile, left, and snake effect necklaces

Crocodile rock: Exhibits include these crocodile, left, and snake effect necklaces

Crocodile rock: Exhibits include these crocodile, left, and snake effect necklaces

Pretty precious: This garland style necklace can be seen at the Madrid museum

Pretty precious: This garland style necklace can be seen at the Madrid museum

A spokesperson from the museum said: 'This is a major exhibition that will introduce visitors to one of the world’s finest jewellery collections, allowing us to appreciate the creativity and mastery of Cartier’s designers and artist-jewellers over the course of more than one hundred years.'

Sparkling: The engagement ring of Grace of Monaco gleams in the light

Sparkling: The engagement ring of Grace of Monaco gleams in the light