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It could be a still shot from a remake of the film classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Bowers Museum in Santa Ana

Actress Krysten Ritter gazes demurely through the glass case separating her from an exquisite gold necklace. But this isn’t Tiffany & Co. It’s Bowers Museum, and that gorgeous neck candy is among the treasures that make up A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels, a special heritage exhibition honoring the maison’s 100th anniversary. Photographer Michael Kovac was there to cover the excitement of the show’s A-list opening. He’d already spent about two hours photographing the scene and the objects of everyone’s attention when he caught this moment with his camera. “I wanted to capture the beauty of Krysten Ritter and the jewels. Her natural awe of them was captivating.”