Ocean's 8 is officially in theatres, and our jewellery envy is real. Stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina rock some pricey looks in the film, but there's one piece in particular that we can't stop thinking about.
This time around, the crew of crooks is attempting to pull off a jewellery heist in the middle of the Met Gala. The main item they're attempting to steal is an extravagant piece called the Toussaint Necklace. Although the piece isn't real, it's based on a real necklace that once existed — and it's pretty spectacular.
Here's what you need to know about the original and the replica!
- The original piece dates back to 1931. The real necklace was created in 1931, WWD reported. Jacques Cartier personally designed it for the Maharaja of Nawanagar.
- The original is nowhere to be found. The piece was lost throughout history, but the iconic jewellery brand agreed to re-create the necklace for the film. Cartier had the blueprints of the design in-house, which they used to make the movie version. The new necklace was crafted in just eight weeks in the brand's high jewellery shop in Paris.
- That gigantic diamond, though. The real necklace contained a 136.25-carat blue-white diamond called the "Queen of Holland." It was so expensive that in today's market, the necklace would be valued around $150 million. Unsurprisingly, the designers of the replica went with cubic zirconia instead.
- It's all in the name. Cartier's designers dubbed the movie version the "Jeanne Toussaint Necklace," after Cartier's jewellery department director beginning in 1933 and lasting many decades after, since she was such a fierce woman who helped shape the company into the iconic brand that it is today.
- It's not the only Cartier piece in the film. Cartier served as the film's exclusive jewellery partner, so many of the pieces you see in the film — including a set of vintage earrings wore by Kaling — were pulled from the house's archives.
Check out Ocean's 8 in theatres now to see the memorable Toussaint Necklace for yourself. It might not be the original necklace, but even without the "Queen of Holland," it is stunning!