What You Didn't Know About That Cartier Stunner in <i>Ocean’s 8</i>
People were and still are excited about Ocean’s 8 for a number of reasons: the fact that it’s an all-female spin-off from Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy, the high-calibre cast headlined by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, the glamorous Met Gala heist plot, and of course, Rihanna!
Another thing they are excited about—especially those who are lovers of all things fancy—is the amount of jewellery that’s present in this movie. That’s all thanks to Cartier, which serves as the exclusive jewellery partner of Ocean’s 8. That stunner on Anne Hathaway’s neck as she walks up the steps of The Met? It's a tribute to Cartier’s most influential creative director, Jeanne Toussaint, and was specially recreated by the maison to serve a pivotal role in the movie. Cartier’s best jewellers got to work on recreating the chunky necklace—dubbed the Toussaint—on a tight deadline: it had to be ready within eight weeks.
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The original necklace was originally designed in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier. Described as “the finest cascade of coloured diamonds in the world”, it was, according to Jacques Cartier, “a superb realisation of a connoisseur’s dream”.
The original piece no longer exists, but Cartier dug through its archives for design sketches and photographs to recreate the necklace. Since it was initially designed to be worn by a man, the necklace was adjusted (read: downsized) to fit Hathaway perfectly. Dismountable bezels were devised to successfully adapt the jewel to match the actress’ proportions. For the film, the coloured diamonds were replaced with zirconium oxide gems mounted on white gold.
Cartier also supplied other pieces of jewellery for cameo appearances; these were taken from the Cartier Collection, the New and High Jewellery, as well as the watches and accessories collections.
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This article first appeared on ph.asiatatler.com.