About a decade ago, Francesca Cartier Brickell went looking for a bottle of Champagne as her family celebrated the 90th birthday of her grandfather, Jean-Jacques Cartier, at his home in the south of France. While rummaging through the wine cellar, she stumbled across a trunk full of old letters that revealed how four generations built the Cartier jewelry business.
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The discovery ultimately led to her book, The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire, published in November 2019. Cartier Brickell undertook a globetrotting research trip, tracking down key players and uncovering details about how the Cartier brothers kept their business thriving through wars, revolutions, and economic upheaval. “I felt inspired, and even duty-bound, to keep the story alive,” she says. Reside® caught up with the author to find out about her favorite jewelry and fashion-related reads.