Cartier Is The Exclusive Jewelry Partner of ‘Ocean’s 8’
When I launched Bejeweledmag.com almost two years ago, my first installment of Screen Gems, our column about jewelry in film focused on some of my favorite movies in which Cartier appeared on the silver screen and discussed how the jewels developed the character or became part of the plot (read here).
On June 8th, when the highly anticipated Ocean’s 8 hits theaters nationwide, all of the star-studded actresses, as well as the A-listers making cameo appearances, will be wearing Cartier. The renowned house is the film’s exclusive jewelry partner. It seems befitting that this house, which has a legacy and starring role in movies from Hollywood’s heyday and has appeared in film on some of the 20th century’s famed and style-setting actresses such Gloria Swanson, Merle Oberon, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead collaborate to bejewel this all-female lead cast.
In the newest installment of the Warner Bros.’Ocean franchise, Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister who enlists the help of a beautiful band of thieves: Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Helena Boham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. to help her pull off a heist which revolves around stealing a 150 million dollar diamond necklace at the MET Gala. (Recently several of the female lead cast turned up on the real red carpet gala for the Costume Exhibit, Heavenly Bodies. (Rihanna was wearing Cartier at the event).
The necklace, which is worn by Anne Hathaway who plays actress Daphne Kluger and is at the plot of the caper is based on an original necklace that was designed by Jacques Cartier in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar, which included what was known at the time as “the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world.”
Although the original jewel does not exist any longer, Cartier was able to go back to its archives to a design drawing and photographs, which was used as inspiration for the version for the film. Due to the fact that it was originally created for a man, the scale had to be brought down to fit Anne Hathaway’s proportions and was perfectly fitted due to the expertise of Cartier’s
High Jewelry workshops on Rue de la Paix in Paris.
The necklace is named after Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s famous Creative Director who began around the time the necklace was designed and who is known as much for her creativity in establishing the look of the house during her reign as she was for her strong will, independence and for being one of the few female forces in jewelry during the early 20th century.
Scenes were shot on location at the landmark Cartier Mansion on 52nd Street in Manhattan. Cartier was also the on-site jeweler during the filming at the MET and dressed stars in cameo appearances in new and High Jewelry and watches.
I am extremely excited about the style-setting actresses, the reel plotline based on a real event, and of course the Cartier jewels. I have long been a fan of such films as Lifeboat and High Society, where lines about the house’s jewelry were written into the script, Sunset Boulevard, in which Gloria Swanson wore her own Cartier bracelets and the original film version of The Great Gatsby in which Mia Farrow wore some epic Art Deco Jewelry. I also am quite taken by an earlier heist movie, 1966’s How To Steal A Million, in which the opening credits not only list Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn as stars but also announces ‘Ms. Hepburn’s jewelry by Cartier, Paris’, which says a lot about the jeweler’s legacy in cinema.