Thursday, 9 August 2018

$150 million of bling: how Cartier recreated a 1930s masterpiece

The necklace at the heart of the plot of 'Ocean’s 8' is a Cartier diamond necklace said to be worth $150 million. The necklace that Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and the rest of the Ocean’s crew know as the Toussaint is based on a historic Cartier design and was recreated by the house especially for the film.

In 1931, the Maharaja of Nawanagar commissioned Cartier to create a display of wealth. The necklace appears in portraits of the Maharaja but disappeared after his death in 1933.
Cartier spent eight weeks recreating the necklace based on photographs and sketches.

The diamonds are actually natural zirconium oxides set in white gold. Although the necklace isn’t real, many of the other jewels featured in key scenes are authentic Cartier designs.