‘Some friends tell me that pearls make people cry. The only pearls that make me cry are fake ones.’ (Maria’s famous words)
An icon of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s, María Félix was known for playing intense, strong women on screen.
Félix’s patronage of the fine jewellers, that, in 2006, Cartier honoured the actress with a collection entitled La Doña de Cartier. The range paid homage to Félix’s reptilian inspirations, featuring a watch with links intended to evoke the ridges of a crocodile’s back.
Félix dressed mostly in Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Balenciaga and Hermès couture, the star’s taste for unique pieces of jewellery lead her to commission Cartier to create several bespoke jewels, striking up a creative partnership with director of high jewellery Jeanne Toussaint.
The first, in 1968, was a striking serpent necklace made of platinum and white gold, encrusted with 2,473 brilliant and baguette cut diamonds, weighing over 178 carats. Félix was highly impressed by the lifelike qualities of Cartier’s rendition of the animal that she asked the jeweller to design another reptile replica.
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