Cartier kin makes visit to Bahrain

Francesca Cartier Brickell

Francesca Cartier Brickell

Historian and scion of the famous Cartier family, Francesca Cartier Brickell, has concluded a trip to Bahrain during which she was hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (Danat).

The visit was made over a century since her great-grandfather, Jacques Cartier, first came to the island in the early 20th century.

Danat organised a comprehensive programme for Cartier Brickell’s visit to Bahrain. The tour included her attendance at Danat’s stand at the Jewellery Arabia Exhibition, during which she attended a book signing for her new book, The Cartiers, which chronicles the history of her family and its role in the jewellery trade. Citizens and residents were in high demand for this book, and some of them went to the exhibition particularly to purchase it.

She also gave a lecture that received great interaction from the visitors of the exhibition, who listened to aspects of the family connection found by Jacques Cartier, in the Arabian Gulf region and Bahrain in particular, and a number of evidence, stories and photographs that date and document that stage.

Cartier Brickell’s itinerary also included a visit to Muharraq Governorate and the diving and natural pearl extraction areas. She learned about the developments that have occurred in the field of pearl extraction and trade during the past one hundred years. She was also able to examine the Bahrain’s role in reviving and preserving this invaluable and historic enterprise thanks to the Danat Institute and other relevant parties, and she also took part in a diving tour.

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