Happy Birthday to Princess Charlene of Monaco, who turns 41 today! Unlike her other European counterparts, when she married Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011, she found herself with few heirloom jewels, which went to Princess Caroline, and instead started building up her own jewellery collection, like her late mother-in-law, Princess Grace. To mark Princess Charlene’s birthday, we are featuring her Ocean Tiara-
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The Océan Tiara by @vancleefarpels was a wedding gift from Prince Albert II of Monaco to his bride, Charlene Wittstock, for their 2011 wedding. It features over 1,200 gemstones, weighing more than 70 carats. 850 diamonds comprise over 44 carats. There are 359 sapphires in three different shades of blue to represent the gradations of the ocean. The tiara doubles as a necklace and has removable elements that can be worn separately! 💙 #tiaratuesday #septembersapphires #septemberbirthstone
Designed and created by Van Cleef & Arpels, the official supplier to the Principality, on order from Prince Albert ahead of their 2011 wedding, the Tiara honours her background as a swimmer that went from the coasts of South Africa to the coast of Monaco, and is composed of circular elements that evoke the water and foam of the ocean. It comes with a pair of earrings and can also be worn as a necklace.
However despite the fact that the pice was designed for her, we have seen Princess Charlene sparsely wearing the Ocean Tiara. One of the first occasions was at the Rose Ball in 2011, when it was worn as a necklace.
The earrings have been worn a couple more times but are still not favourites.
The only time we have seen Princess Charlene pictured in the Ocean Tiara was for a photoshoot for Hola magazine in 2014, but given that Princess Charlene could be attending the Coronations in Thailand and Japan this year, there is hope of a reappearance.