French Maison Cartier took on a new motion venture in the film Ocean’s 8 as the exclusive jewellery partner. This collaboration comes together naturally as the all-female lead movie complements Cartier’s ethos of empowering women with the boldness to be themselves. It is now opening in the theatres this June, featuring the recreation of a historic high jewellery Cartier necklace as the centre of the plot.
Ocean’s 8 is a feminist reboot of the 2001 Warner Bros. film Ocean’s Eleven. Instead of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and friends, we get an all-female lead cast starring Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and even singer Rihanna and rapper Nora Num aka Awkwafina,
The movie’s premise surrounds Debbie Ocean, estranged sister to the trilogy’s Danny Ocean; rather than hitting Vegas in some macho caper, she attempts to pull off a jewel heist at the Met Gala. The crown jewel of the film is none other than one of Cartier’s most iconic jewellery pieces.
In real life, the necklace was designed for Maharaja of Nawanagar back in 1931 and it was named after Jeanne Toussaint, who was the creative director of Cartier at the time. The original necklace even included the Queen of Holland diamond which alone weighed a whopping 136.25 carats and was known as ‘the finest cascade of coloured diamonds in the world’.. The replica was resized to suit Anne Hathaway.
For this cinematographic project, the featured necklace – to be worn by Anne Hathaway – is a high jewellery replica created with the blueprint from the original sketch, composed of colourless diamonds. While it is chosen to be the centre of the plot, the Toussaint Necklace will not be the only Cartier creation featured in the movie. From jewellery to watches, the Maison’s Cartier collection and high jewellery collection will all make appearance during the pivotal Met Gala scene – much like they did on the actual gala this year.