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Spectacular Gems From The Merriweather Post Collection

More than 50 of Marjorie Merriweather Post's exquisite accessories are on display

Hillwood: Spectacular highlights — Cartier turquoise and amethyst necklace (detail)

Marjorie Merriweather Post had one of the most remarkable collections of jewelry of the 20th century.

For its latest exhibition, her former estate displays and shares stories about more than 50 exquisite accessories from the late cereal heiress and the historic gems that went into making them.

Leading designers Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Verdura are represented in the collection, which includes pieces on loan from other museums and private collections.

Through Jan. 7. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested donation is $18. Call 202-686-5807 or visit HillwoodMuseum.org.

Antique and diamond necklace and earrings

Cartier emerald and diamond brooch (detail)

Cartier sapphire and diamond fringe necklace

Hillwood: Spectacular Gems — by SquareMoose Inc. Cartier emerald and diamond brooch, ca. 1928 (17.75) 2

Hillwood: Spectacular Gems — by SquareMoose Inc. Cartier turquoise and amethyst earrings, 1951 (17.67.2-3)

Hillwood: Spectacular Gems — by SquareMoose Inc. VC & A ‘Marguerite’ ruby and diamond brooch, 1969 (17.80)

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.