Not many would classify being a Hollywood starlet as humble beginning. But for actress Grace Kelly, that is exactly what it was. While filming Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” in the French Riviera, Grace met Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She would later be named Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the gems that made Grace Kelly a jewel princess:
Cartier Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Akin to the style of Hollywood, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring was a classic beauty. However, she went through two engagement rings. The first was a diamond and ruby eternity band. But, Prince Rainier III felt it didn’t suit her. He then presented her with an emerald-cut diamond bordered with two baguettes and weighed just over 10 carats.
Cartier Three-Strand Diamond Necklace
This was one of many engagement gifts from Prince Rainier III. Since Grace would not be inheriting a grand collection of jewels, he took it upon himself to begin building her collection. According to various reports, this diamond necklace (pictured with the Bains de Mer Tiara below) weighs anywhere from 58 to 64 carats.
Cartier Bains de Mer Tiara
Princess Grace was known for her decadent hair decor. A wedding gift to Grace from the Société des Bains de Mer, the tiara was made by Cartier and featured three detachable brooches. With 49 carats of ruby and complementing diamonds, this was a classic gemstone duo and represented the colors of Monaco. (Tiara and 3-strand diamond necklace pictured left.)
Van Cleef & Arpels Engagement Set
Yet another gift from Prince Rainier III, Princess Grace was present with a Van Cleef & Arpels set. Made of pearls and diamonds, the set included a necklace, bracelet and earrings. Van Cleef was a favorite of the Princess and made a regular appearance in her wardrobe.