The necklace is a tribute to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s Creative Director in the 1930s. Throughout her career, she favored Indian style as a source of inspiration amongst others, paying homage to the splendor and opulence of the Maharajas.
The original necklace was designed in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier. Described as “the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world,” it included the Queen of Holland, a blue-white diamond weighing 136.25 carats. For Jacques Cartier it was “a superb realization of a connoisseur’s dream.”
This jewel no longer exists; however, Cartier preserved in its archives a design drawing and photographs of the piece and its owner. The creation sketch was used as a reference for the realization of the Toussaint necklace, which plays a pivotal character in the story.
The necklace was adjusted to Anne Hathaway’s measurements and reduced by 15 to 20% of the original size, as it was initially designed for a man.
For the film—in which the Toussaint is comprised of flawless, colorless diamonds—the colored diamonds were replaced with zirconium oxides, a natural material, mounted on white gold.
This film is the newest entry in the successful “Ocean’s” franchise. The film was directed and co-written by Gary Ross and stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, with Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.
The film is in cinemas from today.