Have you seen the latest blockbuster movie Ocean’s 8? It is an American heist action-slash-comedy (a spin-off of the Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy), which tells a story about Debbie Ocean (sister of Danny Ocean, played by Sandra Bullock) who gathers a crew of women to pull off a seemingly impossible heist at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. The target of the con is the Toussaint—a legendary diamond necklace, made by Cartier, to be worn by actress Daphne Kluger (played by Anne Hathaway).
The film was directed and co-written by Gary Ross, and it stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Cartier creates a spectacular High Jewelry replica for the film Ocean’s 8. A new cinematographic collaboration for the Maison, as an expression of its bold and fearless spirit.
BEFORE IT WAS “STOLEN”…
Cartier was approached to take part in the new action-adventure Ocean’s 8 as the film’s exclusive jewellery partner. The decision to proceed with the project stems from Cartier’s history of empowering women with the boldness to be themselves. It was a challenge and a thrilling venture for the jeweller asked to create a very specific parure for the film’s ultimate heist.
For this very special order, intended for a motion picture, Cartier mobilised the resources of its High Jewelry workshops situated rue de la Paix in Paris. The best jewellers were required to accomplish this feat in no more than eight weeks, a demanding task on top of their everyday assignments. This is how, for a dreamlike creation designed for cinema, Cartier dedicated the best of its trade and resources and flew the necklace from Paris to New York.
Cartier was also the exclusive on-site jeweller during filming at the Metropolitan Museum. For five consecutive nights, jewellery was loaned to those making cameo appearances in the movie with pieces ranging from Cartier Collection to current New or High Jewelry, as well as watches and accessories.
Prominently featured in the film, the Cartier Mansion, a New York City landmark, became the location of major scenes too! For two days, the Mansion was closed to enable filming and its Salons were transformed into cinema sets. The exterior of the Mansion on 52nd Street is also featured in the film.
THE “JEANNE TOUSSAINT” NECKLACE
The necklace is a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s Creative Director in the 1930s whose role was decisive in establishing the Maison’s stylistic identity. Above anyone else, she was the first woman to embody Cartier’s bold and fearless spirit. Throughout her career, she favoured Indian style as a source of inspiration amongst others, paying homage to the splendour and opulence of the Maharajas.
The original necklace was 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.”
This jewel no longer exists; however, Cartier preserved in its archives a design drawing and photographs of the piece and its owner. The creation sketch was used as a reference for the realization of the Toussaint necklace, which plays a pivotal character in the story.
ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR A MAN
The necklace was adjusted to Anne Hathaway’s measurements and reduced by 15 to 20% of the original size, as it was initially designed for a man. Dismountable bezels were devised to successfully adapt the jewel to match Anne’s proportions. Thanks to their expertise, when the actress wore it for the first time in New York, the necklace fit her perfectly.
For the film—in which the Toussaint is comprised of flawless, colourless diamonds—the coloured diamonds were replaced with zirconium oxides, a natural material, mounted on white gold.
The necklace had to be solid enough to withstand frequent manipulations during filming. Meticulous attention was paid to the finishing of the settings and polishing, as close-ups would not allow for any imprecisions. The Jeanne Toussaint Necklace meets in all aspects the Cartier High Jewelry requirements in terms of craftsmanship and excellence.