3 facts to know about the ultimate heist Cartier is pulling off with the ladies of Ocean’s 8
The con is on
When the mission brief reads something like 'rob the living daylights out of the Met Gala', you know you're going to need an extraordinary team of pros to pull off the job. Or just a hodgepodge crew comprising of unique women such as Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, led by none other than Sandra Bullock who plays Debbie Ocean, the estranged sister of the original protagonist Danny Ocean.
Besides introducing the first ever all-girls team in the Ocean's franchise, the new spin-off film has also linked up with Cartier to be its exclusive jewellery partner — a collaboration greenlighted by the maison. Because a thrilling venture centred on a squad of 'risk-taking, come-what-may, bring-it-on' ladies? Perfect fit with Cartier's history of empowering women with the boldness to be themselves. Asked to create a very specific parure for film's plot, Ocean's 8 will feature a legendary diamond necklace, the Toussaint, which will be worn by the target Daphne Kluger aka Anne Hathaway. But before the grand theft gets underway, here's what you should know about Cartier x Ocean's 8:
1. Cartier gets a starring role in the movie
Getting in on the action is the Cartier Mansion on 52nd Street, New York City, which was a location for several major scenes. The Mansion was closed for two days to accommodate the filming and its Salons were transformed into cinema sets. Cartier also went to the Met again, albeit as an on-site jeweller for the movie, loaning out pieces as well as watches and accessories to the celebrities who were making cameos in Ocean's 8. Side note: Is it considered meta if the celebs pretend to be themselves on a pretend red carpet pretending to be at the Met Gala?
2. Real work went into the making of this prop
For all that the Toussaint is a replica, this very special order had Cartier mobilising its high jewellery workshops in Paris where the best jewellers were required to create the necklace within a deadline of eight weeks (this is on top of their current workload, by the way). Made with zirconium oxides as stand-ins for the original colourless diamonds, the necklace had to be solid enough to withstand frequent manipulations during filming. It also had to be absolutely flawless under the scrutiny of close-up shots, which meant dedicating the same meticulous craftsmanship and excellence you'd expect from the maison's haute joaillerie creations.
3. The inspiration (and customisation) behind the necklace
A tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier's creative director in the '30s who was pivotal in establishing the maison's stylistic identity, the necklace took after her favoured aesthetic, which riffed off the splendour and opulence of India's Maharajas. Designed for an actual Maharaja in 1931 by Jacques Cartier, the original piece belonged to the ruler of Nawanagar and it included a 136.25-carat blue-white diamond known as the 'Queen of Holland'. The jewel no longer exists but referencing archival sketches and photographs re-created the Toussaint for Ocean's 8, specifically for Anne Hathaway. Taking into account the actress' measurements, the necklace was reduced by up to 20 per cent of its original size, as the Toussaint was initially designed for a man. Cartier cleverly added dismountable bezels to adapt the jewellery to match Anne's proportions, making it a perfect fit.
Here's your look at the Cartier Jeanne Toussaint necklace before Ocean's 8 makes off with it: