The Lézard bracelet
Cartier Paris, 1972
Gold, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, two ruby cabochons (Ruby Eyes), L : 6.85 cm
Geneva, Photos N. Welsh, Collection Cartier.
The French actress, Josette Day (1914-1978) started her movie career at the tender age of five. Her first major roles date to the second part of the nineteen thirties. She worked under the direction of Abel Gance (Lucrèce Borgia, 1935), Julien Duvivier (L’Homme du jour, 1936) and Marcel Pagnol, (her companion during a part of the war and who wrote for her the scenario for La Fille du puisatier in 1940). In 1946, Jean Cocteau offered her the role of the Beauty in La Belle et la Bête, co-starring Jean Marais, and made her appear in 1948 in Les Parents terribles. In 1950, she married the Belgian industrialist Maurice Solvay and retired from the cinema.