The recently released 'Ocean's 8' that features an ensemble cast dominated by women, was a much-anticipated film that fared really well worldwide. A heist comedy, the film revolves around a $150 million worth necklace designed by French luxury brand Cartier. As unique as the movie itself is, not many know India's connection with the film. The neckpiece is named Jeanne Toussaint, named after a former Cartier creative director.
The designer, who died in 1976, was very inspired by Indian jewellery and many of her creations vouch for it. Design for the Toussaint is actually inspired by a necklace created for Jam Saheb Shri Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, ruler of the princely state of Nawanagar from 1907 to 1933. The original was a magnificent piece of creation that also featured a blue-white 136.25 carat diamond called the Queen of Holland. It is said the original was so beautiful, that its designer Jacques Cartier describes it as a “superb realisation of a connoisseur’s dream.” However, when the king was reportedly exiled, the precious necklace was lost too.
It were sketches and photographs of the piece that helped Toussaint design the necklace. It is said that recreation of the necklace took over 4200 hours and around 10 to 15 artisans. Official jewellery partner of the film, Cartier featured the beautiful necklace in an exhibition as part of their promotions. Ranjisinhji was a fascinating part of Indian history. A brilliant test cricketer during his time, first-class cricket tournament Ranji Trophy is named in his honour.