The Cartiers

The Cartiers

The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

Book - 2019
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"The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty-- four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1960s. At its heart are the three 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 Cartier, the visionary designer who created the first men's wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands from the controls of his flying machine; Pierre Cartier, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques Cartier, 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 Cartier 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 hundreth anniversary year of the birth of the dynasty's founder, Louis-Francois Cartier, this book is a magnificent, definitive, epic social history shown through the deeply personal lens of one legendary family"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: 2019
ISBN: 9780525621614
Branch Call Number: 739.27094 BRI 2019-11
Characteristics: xxiv, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm

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