The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire

Ballantine. Nov. 2019. 672p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780525621614. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780525621621. BIOG
Cartier is associated with high-quality jewelry; however, the family behind the French luxury goods conglomerate, in particular the three brothers—Louis, Pierre, and Jacques—who worked to establish the company as a household name, are lesser known. With this account, Brickell, the great-granddaughter of Cartier founder Louis-François Cartier, aims to correct the gap in the historical record by compiling years of research, family letters, and interviews with her grandfather to create a loving tribute. Brickell easily illustrates her passion for her family’s history in a narrative that follows the lineage of the Cartiers, who created a brand set apart by sumptuously unique jewelry, uniting background cultural events with the intimate personal lives of those behind the famous name.
VERDICT A thoroughly researched and enjoyable family business history that should appeal to history buffs and lovers of high-end fashion and jewelry alike.

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