Action adventure firm Ocean’s 8 asked Cartier to be its exclusive jewellery partner and play a starring role.
Ocean’s 8 is the latest entry in the successful Ocean’s franchise, and this time it places women centre stage with an all-female cast including stars such as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter.
The premises of the film is that the crew women are trying to pull off a seemingly impossible heist at New York City’s annual Met Gala. The target of the con? The Toussaint — a legendary diamond necklace, made by Cartier, which will be worn by actress Anne Hathaway’s character.
As the film places women centre stage, Cartier was happy to accept the role of exclusive jewellery partner.
The targeted in Toussaint necklace worn by Anne Hathaway is a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s creative director in the 1930s whose role was decisive in establishing Maison’s stylistic identity.
The original necklace was designed in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier, and no longer exists; however, Cartier preserved in its archives a design drawing and photographs of the piece and its owner.
For the film, 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. The coloured diamonds in the original piece were replaced with zirconium oxides, a natural material, mounted on white gold.