A graduate in English literature from Oxford University, Francesca Cartier Brickell is a direct descendant of the Cartier family. Her great-great-great-grandfather founded the world-famous firm in 1847. Her late grandfather Jean-Jacques Cartier was the last of the family to manage and own a branch of the firm that still bears their name. She is a sought-after international lecturer on Cartier's illustrious history and has given talks for major auction houses, museums, and societies. This book is the result of years of the author's independent research into her family and the business they founded. She lives with her husband and children between London and the South of France.
Four generations of genius, glamour, and ambition are laid bare in Francesca Cartier 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 Francesca Cartier Brickell skillfully traces her family's astounding history through the contents of a weathered suitcase found in her grandfather's cellar. The result is a fascinating account of the Cartier brothers and the creation of this iconic and enduring luxury brand. --Andre Leon Talley, bestselling author of A.L.T.: A Memoir The Cartiers is the sparkling saga of one of the globe's most iconic jewelry dynasties, beautifully recounted by a direct descendant of the company's founders. With her insider's understanding of the family business, a historian's precision, and a novelist's keen eye for personal detail, Francesca Cartier Brickell has created a seeming contradiction: an epic yet personal chronicle. --Rhonda K. Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History Francesca Cartier Brickell's deeply researched and highly energetic book brings to life a family of creativity and whimsy, their dazzling list of wealthy clients of nobility and celebrity, and an all-star team of designers and craftsmen. The Cartiers shows how the family firm not only created a time and place in history, but how they also helped shape the modern world of luxury. --Bill Dedman, bestselling author of Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune A telling social history of the first half of the 20th century in Paris, London, and New York, all through the lens of luxury and all that it entails . . . While the diamonds, emeralds and sapphires are indeed stunning, it is the Cartier family characters who steal the show in this gem of a book. --Sonia Purnell, bestselling author of A Woman of No Importance