Cartier at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum currently has an exhibit on jewelry house Cartier called Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Ever since I heard about it, I wanted to go. Good exhibits are also a nice excuse to hit up the DAM – last time I went was for an Yves-Saint Laurent exhibition.

The pieces displayed inside were gorgeous and there was some nifty history that was tied into the exhibit as well (for example, a section filled with cigarette cases and the like due to the rise in popularity of smoking). However, I can’t help but think back to a piece I read in the Denver Post back when the exhibit started which essentially says that the show is also free marketing for Cartier, a company still very much in business today.

Whichever way you feel, I would still say it’s very much worth a trip to the Denver Art Museum, as the pieces displayed can truly be called “art.” You still have a chance to see it for another month; it ends March 15.

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Going in.

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Necklace, I believe for an Indian Maharajah.

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One of the “tutti frutti” necklaces.

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Stunning cigarette case.

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Traveling bar kit.

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Replica of Charles Lindbergh’s Wright Whirlwind engine.

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Necklace in the adverts.

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Beautiful ruby set. Birthstone!

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Probably my favorite necklace of the whole collection. No idea why.

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Blurry, yes, but taken for the sheer size of this pendant – it’s a 478-carat sapphire …

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Watch. So, cool historical fact that I’m going to presume is true – apparently one of the Cartiers invented the modern wristwatch for a Brazilian airplane pilot who needed an easier way to check the time other than pulling out a pocket watch, which was the fashion at the time.

Glenwood Hot Springs

About two weeks ago, Brandon and I took off to the mountains for a mini trip up to Glenwood Springs, primarily to check out the hot springs up there. Okay, and get out of town.

Driving I-70 west, we had always seen the Glenwood Hot Springs right off the highway on the north side of the road. However, we’d never stopped there. Finally, we decided to remedy that.

We went at night during the winter, so keep that in mind.

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In one of the pools.

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Steam coming off the water. It was … probably in the 20s or 30s out and the water was probably over 100 degrees?

It was … okay. Really, we’re not pool people. We’re fine being lazy for a little while, but then we get antsy. There were two pools open – both were warm, but one was hotter than the other. It may have been the therapy pool, but don’t quote me on that. The best time I had was spent in the cooler pool, just floating and staring up at the stars.

I know in the summer there’s more to do there, including water slides, but in terms of a hot springs, we both wished it had more of a natural feel … instead of feeling like we were in a slightly weird, giant pool. I know the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs are more natural – in a river where there are hot spots in it – so maybe we’ll check that out next time.

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Water jug repurposed as a fish tank. Seen at a coffee/doughnut shop near Copper Mountain on the drive down.