Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Grace of Monaco, who was born died on this day in 1929! The glamorous American Actress who became the Princess Consort of the small Mediterranean Principality, after marrying Prince Rainier III, the Princess remains a style icon to this day, so we are featuring her Cartier Diamond Earrings!
Princess Grace’s Top 9 Jewels | Gold Coffee Bean Suite | Diamond Flower Brooch | Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings | Diamond Swag Tiara | Sapphire Daisy Brooch | Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl Suite | Diamond Tiara | Bains de Mer Tiara | Cartier Diamond Necklace | Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Bracelet
Featuring a diamond solitaire surrounded by baguette diamonds, these Cartier Diamond Earrings were acquired by Princess Grace at some point soon after her Wedding to Prince Rainer II of Monaco in 1956 (but were not among her listed wedding gifts). The earrings were worn for a plethora of notable appearences, usually with either her Diamond Tiara or the Bains de Mer Tiara and her Cartier Diamond Necklace, including for a visit to Paris in 1959, a visit to Italy in 1959, and a State Visit to the Vatican in 1959, on some of Princess Grace’s relatively few State Visits.
The Cartier Diamond Earrings made spectacular pairings with Princess Grace’s wondrous hairstyles in the 1960s, notably worn for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace’s State Visit to Ireland in 1961 and Prince Albert and Princess Paola’s visit to Monaco in 1966, usually worn with the Bains de Mer Brooches.
Princess Grace continued to wear her Cartier Diamond Earrings througout the 1970s and 1980s, with a last notable appearance at a Benefit for Overlook Hospital in New Jersey in June 1981, paired with her Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl Necklace, just over a year before her untimely death in a car crash.
After Princess Grace’s untimely death, the Cartier Diamond Earrings (as well as the major part of her jewels) passed into the possession of the Palais Princier Collection, and have been exhibited alongside many of her other pieces around the world, though they have not yet made a reappearance on any of Princess Grace’s descendents.
Gold Coffee Bean Suite | Diamond Flower Brooch | Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings | Diamond Swag Tiara | Sapphire Daisy Brooch | Van Cleef & Arpels Pearl Suite | Diamond Tiara | Bains de Mer Tiara | Cartier Diamond Necklace | Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Bracelet