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Cartiers: The Untold Story of a Jewelry Dynasty
Brickell, Francesca Cartier
  • ISBN:
    9780525621614
    Hardback
    In Stock: 1
  • $70.00 
  • Cartiers: The Untold Story of a Jewelry Dynasty



    The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty-four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1960s. At its heart are the three Cartier brothers whose motto was "Never copy, only create" and who made their family firm internationally famous in the early days of the twentieth century, thanks to their unique and complementary talents- Louis, the visionary designer who created the first men's wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands off the controls of his flying machine; Pierre, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques, the globe-trotting gemstone expert whose travels to India gave Cartier access to the world's best rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, inspiring the celebrated Tutti Frutti jewelry.

    Francesca Cartier Brickell, whose great-grandfather was the youngest of the brothers, has traveled the world researching her family's history, tracking down those connected with her ancestors and discovering long-lost pieces of the puzzle along the way. Now she reveals never-before-told dramas, romances, intrigues, betrayals, and more.

    The Cartiers also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the firm's most iconic jewelry-the notoriously cursed Hope Diamond, the Romanov emeralds, the classic panther pieces-and the long line of stars from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty who wore them, from Indian maharajas and Russian grand duchesses to Wallis Simpson, Coco Chanel, and Elizabeth Taylor.

    Published in the two-hundredth anniversary year of the birth of the dynasty's founder, Louis-Fran ois Cartier, this book is a magnificent, definitive, epic social history shown through the deeply personal lens of one legendary family.

    Advance praise for The Cartiers

    "Four generations of genius, glamour, and ambition are laid bare in Brickell's behind-the-scenes account of the Cartier family. Part social history, part affectionate memoir, The Cartiers is a pleasurable stroll through the glittering byways of a more elegant age."-Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire

    Author: Brickell, Francesca Cartier
    Publication date: 29/10/2019
    Imprint: Ballantine US
    Pages: 352