The Real Star of Ocean’s 8

Jewellery editor NATASHA SHERLING shares the one piece that really caught her eye in the eagerly anticipated film OCEAN’S 8 … 


Released in just over two weeks, buzz is building around Ocean’s 8, the latest installment of the slick heist film franchise. Much chat has been about the all-female cast, but as a jewellery lover, my eye (as well as the eyes of a certain light-fingered team of eight), has been firmly on what I would consider the real star of the show – the necklace worn by Anne Hathaway’s character, valued in the movie at $150 million.

Created by Cartier, in the movie the necklace is called the Toussaint – obviously named after the House’s iconic female creative director in the 1930s, Jeanne Toussaint. The design is based on a very real piece made in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar, which featured pale coloured as well as colourless diamonds. And although the original no longer exists (presumably broken down with the stones now scattered across other individual pieces), Cartier were able to pull the original sketches from their archives, on which to base the design for this new piece.


The main difference comes from the fact that this new neckpiece is not actually made from real diamonds – it’s a costume piece, although the stones are set into white gold. It was made specifically for Anne Hathaway, fitted much like a couture gown, to match her figure and the dress it would be worn with in the movie – and was allegedly produced in just over eight weeks by the Cartier workshop, quite a feat for a piece with so many moving parts. Although, if you think that’s speedy, any jeweller will surely try and repress a snigger as Mindy Kaling, who plays a jeweller herself in the movie, claims to be able to make pieces of jewellery of this calibre in the space of hours.


If you’re lucky enough to be in New York this week, pop into the Cartier Mansion on 5th Avenue – to celebrate their partnership with the movie they will have this necklace, along with the Valentino gown Hathaway pairs with it, on display, along with a number of other key jewels featured in the film. If not, book your tickets to see the dazzling gems on the big screen – Ocean’s 8 opens across Ireland on June 18.

Natasha Sherling

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