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Francesca Cartier to appear at Jaipur Lit Fest, will share family tales

Francesca’s grandfather was the last of the family to manage and own a branch of the jewellery firm.

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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020, 06.46 PM IST
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Francesca Cartier Brickell, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the jewellery company’s founder will be shedding light on the family’s history at a literature festival in Jaipur later this month.
Francesca Cartier Brickell, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the jewellery company’s founder will be shedding light on the family’s history at a literature festival in Jaipur later this month.
One of the world’s most prominent jewellers, the connections of the Cartier family with India ran deep. And, now, there is a chance to hear all about it from one of the direct descendants of the family. Francesca Cartier Brickell, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the jewellery company’s founder will be shedding light on the family’s history at a literature festival in Jaipur later this month. Francesca’s grandfather Jean-Jacques Cartier was the last of the family to manage and own a branch of the jewellery firm.

She shared her imminent visit on Instagram recently, writing that she has a sense that ancestors would have liked it, given their historic links with India. A bit like coming full circle, she mentioned.

“In my book, I dive into those trips of my great-grandfather Jacques Cartier 100-odd years ago when he traveled around the country by Rolls Royce, buying gems and collecting out-of-this-world jewellery commissions from the resplendent Maharajas along the way,” Francesca wrote. She even shared images of jewels made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala (1928, diamond necklace) and the Maharaja of Kapurthala (1926, emerald turban ornament).

She wrote further, “Sometimes, Jacques' adored wife Nelly traveled with him and her letters back home to their 4 children ("darling chicks") are brilliantly evocative: ‘I can hardly begin to describe the luxury in which we find ourselves!’, she wrote during her first stay at an Indian palace in 1927 hardly able to contain her excitement as she described banquets, tennis matches and panther shoots (sorry - not PC today - but interesting given the Cartier panther link). Anyway, I won't be traveling around the country by chauffeur-driven Rolls (or taking a 3-week boat to get there) but I am really looking forward to immersing myself in the country and that glorious Indian sunshine that my great-grandfather talked about(‘one does not see as in the English light...It is all like an impressionistic painting.. one vivid impression of undreamed gorgeousness’)”

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Next stop India. Really excited to be heading off soon to launch my book at Jaipur Literature Festival. Never been to JLF before but have long wanted to - it's the largest free literary festival in the world (and that means large: we're talking c. 40,000 people) and past speakers have included everyone from the Dalai Lama to Oprah Winfrey. Feel very honoured to have been invited - and have a sense my ancestors would have liked it too given their historic links with India - like coming full circle in a way. In my book, I dive into those trips of my great-grandfather Jacques Cartier 100-odd years ago when he traveled round the country by Rolls Royce, buying gems (swipe to 4th image) and collecting out-of-this-world jewelry commissions from the resplendent Maharajas along the way (2nd image: the Maharaja of Patiala in the 1928 diamond necklace his father commissioned, and 3rd image: the Maharaja of Kapurthala in his 1926 emerald turban ornament). .Sometimes, Jacques' adored wife Nelly traveled with him and her letters back home to their 4 children ("darling chicks") are brilliantly evocative: "I can hardly begin to describe the luxury in which we find ourselves!" she wrote during her first stay at an Indian palace in 1927 hardly able to contain her excitement as she described banquets, tennis matches and panther shoots (sorry - not PC today - but interesting given the Cartier panther link). Anyway, I won't be traveling around the country by chauffeur-driven Rolls (or taking a 3-week boat to get there) but I am really looking forward to immersing myself in the country and that glorious Indian sunshine that my great-grandfather talked about(“one does not see as in the English light...It is all like an impressionistic painting.. one vivid impression of undreamed gorgeousness.") .For anyone attending JLF, I'll be speaking about 'The Cartiers' on Friday January 24th afternoon on the Front Lawn - hope to see some of you there! Or for those elsewhere, I'll be traveling round the country too (Delhi, Kerala, the Punjab..) sharing stories and signing books along the way. Really looking forward to it. #jaipurlitfest #thecartiers #thecartiersbook

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