If you’ve seen Ocean’s 8, you have to be curious about The Toussaint. We’re talking about the gigantic and elaborate diamond necklace, which was worn in the film by Anne Hathaway’s character Daphne Kluger at the Met Ball, and which was the object of the heist, orchestrated by Sandra Bullock and Co. The Touissant, named after Cartier’s creative director in the 20th century, Jeanne Toussaint, actually existed in real life and has a history behind it.
In the film…
In Ocean’s 8, The Touissant is shown to be Cartier’s heritage piece, locked away from the public, and with an unbelievable price tag of 150 million dollars. The necklace was only taken out to be worn at the Met gala, and was of course, stolen by the Ocean’s squad. Many people got curious about the spectacular piece of jewellery in the film, and wanted to know if The Touissant is real.
It did exist
The Touissant did actually exist, though it hadn’t got its name back then, and was originally meant to be worn by a man. Though the piece in the film is made with chunky diamonds on a pure white gold base by Cartier’s high jewellery department la Paix in Paris, its inspiration comes from the original necklace, which was designed in 1931 for the Maharajah of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier. The dreamy piece of jewel originally featured the 136.25-carat light blue Queen of Holland Diamond, an olive-green diamond and many other original gemstones from around the world, specifically pink and white diamonds. The Maharaja was some who was in awe of Cartier’s craftsmanship, and even wore a Cartier tiger eye diamond ornament on his turban.
For Ocean’s 8…
For the film, the necklace of regal relevance was re-created only to be given a name which was synonymous to Cartier’s own history; the necklace in the film, noticeably did not feature any coloured gemstones, just an array of dazzling cushion-cut, rectangular and spherical clear diamonds. The proportions of The Touissant also had to be adjusted, as it was meant to be worn by a woman in the film. Though the price tag has not been made up; if The Touissant did exist today, its original value would really have been something close to a 150 million dollars.