Happy Birthday to Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, who turns 64 today! The elder sister of Prince Albert II and only beneficiary of her grandmother, Princess Charlotte, and mother, Princess Grace, who is also the Consort of the Head of the illustrious House of Hanover, Princess Caroline has a magnificent jewellery collection, one of the highlights of which is her Diamond Fringe Necklace!
A graduated Diamond Fringe Necklace, probably dating from the 19th century, this piece was thought to have been a Diamond Tiara worn by her grandmother, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, in an official portrait in the 1920s, but since the size of the elements is quite different, it’s it quite certain that this Diamond Fringe Necklace is an entirely separate piece. Though it has been exhibited with Princess Grace’s jewels, it is unlikely that it belonged to her.
Princess Caroline began wearing her Diamond Fringe Necklace in the 1980s, around the same time she began wearing Princess Charlotte’s Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara, and one of the earliest appearences include a series of portraits in the mid-1980s.
One of Princess Caroline’s most memorable appearences in the Fringe Necklace came in 1995, when she wore it with the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden’s 50th Birthday Banquet. The pairing was repeated for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg’s Wedding Gala in 2012.
The last public appearance of Princess Caroline’s Fringe Necklace was at the Monaco Rose Ball in 2015. Princess Caroline’s daughter-in-law, Tatiana Casiraghi, also owns a Diamond Fringe Tiara/Necklace, which is also different that this one, making this one of possibly three Diamond Fringe Necklaces/Tiaras in the Family. Let’s hope we continue to see this magnificent piece for years to come!