Necklace worn by Countess of Granard. Cartier London, special order, 1932.

Inside the Cartier Collection with Ralph Destino ’54
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Denver Art Museum

Join fellow alumni as you explore the stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975 by Cartier, one of the most exclusive luxury manufacturers in the world. Speaking to the Denver Post, Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich described the exhibition as “75 years of jewelry and a sort of time travel, with key historical moments when you see the emergence of American wealth at the same time as that of the European aristocracy.” Reflecting Cartier’s celebrated status among royalty and Hollywood celebrities, the exhibit includes pieces owned by Elizabeth Taylor and the Duchess of Windsor.

Ralph Destino ’54 is chairman emeritus of Cartier, Inc. after a 32-year career with the Cartier Group which included serving as president and CEO of Cartier (Far East) Ltd. and as both president and chairman of Cartier (USA) Inc. He is also the chairman emeritus of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). During his years at Cartier, the firm enjoyed enormous growth both in Asia and in North America. Starting with a single store on Fifth Avenue in New York, Destino headed an expansion program that led to the opening of 32 stores and a network of 300 authorized dealers across the country. He also presided over the launching of three additional divisions: Les Must de Cartier (wholesale distribution of watches and accessories), Parfums Cartier (fragrances), and Lunettes Cartier (optical frames). He retired in 2005 and soon after was named chairman of GIA where he headed the board of governors and the institute itself for three years. Destino has served as chairman of the Jewelers for Veterans Foundation and as trustee for the Museum of Modern Art, among many other organizations.

Please note new times
5 p.m. Welcome and registration
5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation by Ralph Destino ’54
6:30–9 p.m. Reception and viewing exhibitions
9 p.m. Event concludes

Alumni and guests: $55
Classes of 2004–2014: $45
Youth 6–17: $30

The price of the program includes a reception with appetizers and one free beverage. A cash bar will also be available.

This Dartmouth on Location event is organized by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs or to register, please contact us at (603) 646-9159 or

Top photo credit: Necklace worn by Countess of Granard. Cartier London, special order, 1932. Cartier Collection. Photo: Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © Cartier.