What makes this $150 million piece of jewelry so special?
Ocean’s 8 is the most anticipated female-leading movie of 2018 – to no surprise! It’s about time a movie like this was made.
The movie, which has a star-studded cast with Sandra Bullock as lead and other power women like Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and even an appearance by Anna Wintour, grossed over US$110 million since its release.
But that isn’t the only thing about the movie that is of high value.
In the movie, actress Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, an-ex con who assembles a team to steal the “Cartier Toussaint” necklace during the Met Gala. The necklace is worth about US$150 million.
Looking at the Cartier Toussaint necklace, we can understand why. It’s definitely a showstopper and a magnificent piece of jewelry.
While the movie version is purely fictional, the story behind the original Cartier Toussaint is simply amazing!
The “original” Cartier Toussaint necklace
While the Cartier Toussaint necklace featured in the film is not the real thing, it is based off a real necklace.
Jacques Cartier created the original piece for the Maharaja of Nawanagar back in 1931. One of the key features of the necklace is that it contained the “Queen of Holland” diamond, which is a 136.25 carat blue-white diamond.
It was once dubbed “the finest cascade of coloured diamonds in the world”.
Sadly, the Maharaja died 2 years later and the necklace’s whereabouts are unknown. It’s presumed that it had been broken up and redesigned.
Comparing it to the movie version
While not as priceless as the original, the movie version of the Toussaint necklace is nevertheless amazing.
Cartier jewelers made it by setting zirconium oxide in white gold, and based it off the original blueprints. The jewellers also scaled it down by about 15-20% to fit actress Anne Hathaway, since the original was designed for a man.
The name “Cartier Toussaint” was named after Jeanne Toussaint, who played an important role in establishing Cartier as a premier supplier of luxury goods.
She was creative director for Cartier in the 1930s, and was also the one who introduced the panther as a symbol for the brand. Toussaint was also given the nickname “La Panthere” for her contributions.
Incidentally, naming it after Jeanne Toussaint also builds upon the feminist theme of the film, which features strong and independent women in the starring roles.
The Cartier Toussaint necklace is truly amazing, and the story behind it even more so!
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