Today marks the 120th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, the mother of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and grandmother of Prince Albert II, who was the Hereditary Princess and Heiress Presumptive of Monaco for over two decades, but never succeeded to the Principality. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her Cartier Sapphire Demi-Parure, now worn by her granddaughter, another Heiress Presumptive who will also not succeed to the Principality.
Princess Charlotte commissioned this diamond choker set with large cabochon sapphire, and accompanied with sapphire and diamond earrings from Cartier in the late 1940s or the 1950s. She notably wore the piece at the wedding of her only son, Prince Rainer, to American Actress Grace Kelly in 1956.
After Princess Charlotte’s death in 1977, the Cartier Sapphire Demi-Parure, along with the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara, was inherited by her elder granddaughter, Princess Caroline, who first wore the set at 1979 Monaco Red Cross Ball, and has worn the Parure occasionally in the years since, most notably at the Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. There is no doubt we will continue to see it worn by Princess Caroline, or even her daughter and daughters-in-law, for years to come.