“Last week at a gala event at the Cartier mansion in New York, the luxury brand announced its role as exclusive jewelry partner for Ocean’s 8. The Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Rahway Road production, “Ocean’s 8,” stars Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and others, and is the newest edition to the “Oceans” franchise. Directed by Gary Ross, the movie witnesses Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie as she assembles a female crew to pull off an incredible heist at the famed Met Gala. Naturally, the jewels worn in the movie need to be dazzling. As such, Cartier came to the rescue, recreating a spectacular historic high-jewelry piece for the movie.
Not only did Cartier turn to its archives for the perfect piece to recreate for the movie, but also it turned to its High Jewelry workshops in Rue de la Paix in Paris for the creation. The brand’s master jewelers were tasked with the demanding job of creating the necklace in eight weeks and precisely proportioning it for Anne Hathaway’s neck and gown.
The necklace — a breath-taking cascade of diamonds and colored diamonds in its original format — was first designed by Jacques Cartier in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar. At that point in time, Cartier’s Creative Director, Jeanne Toussaint, was instrumental in creating the brand’s bold identity and spirit. The necklace no longer exists, but its drawings are preserved in the Cartier archives. The brand turned to those sketches for the re-created Ocean’s 8 necklace. It is made as a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint and features 11 individual moveable bezels to help adapt it to Hathaway’s proportions. For the movie, the necklace is made zirconium oxide (a natural material) mounted in white gold to emulate the large-sized diamonds that graced the original necklace. The piece will not be sold and is considered priceless as it was made specifically for Ocean’s 8 in true Cartier style.
As the exclusive jeweler for the movie, with key scenes filmed at the Metropolitan Museum, Cartier dressed the stars with pieces from its Cartier Collection, as well as current new jewelry, high jewelry, watches, and accessories. Even the landmark Fifth Avenue Cartier mansion is featured in the movie.