Princess Grace of Monaco, her lifestyle and her jewellery

 

- January 2017 -

Actress Grace Kelly began her career on Broadway in “The Torch Bearers” at the age of 21, having had lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

 

Grace KellyTwo years later, she had roles in “Fourteen Hours” and “High Noon” with Cary Grant. Hitchcock quickly noticed her and gave her roles in “Dial M for Murder”, “Rear window” and “To Catch a Thief”. Her friendship with Alfred Hitchcock was important. She quickly became “Hollywood’s most precious belonging” according to the cover of Look in 1954.

Grace Kelly and an oscarThat Hollywood and Cannes are mythical places which we tend to associate with the stars and divas of today. Every year, the red carpet entrance to the Cannes Film Festival is an event that almost overshadows the numerous fashion shows. For journalists, fans and even the stars themselves, the intensity of the moment has almost become more important than the prizes themselves. It is also an opportunity for jewellers to show their new designs. The appearance of a star in her most beautiful dress and wearing her most beautiful jewellery is an extraordinary publicity stunt. It is not opulence that counts, but class, chic and the originality of these one-night “Cinderella’s” to whom the world’s most beautiful jewels are loaned. Some stars, such as Elizabeth Taylor or Grace Kelly, prefer to wear their own jewels. This old custom is rare nowadays.

Grace kelly with diamond necklaceHer elegance charmed everyone, but she managed to keep a private life. In 1955 she won the Oscar for her performance in “The Country girl”. It was also in 1955 at the Cannes film festival that her love story with Prince Rainier began, when Paris-Match asked her to do a photo shoot at the Grimaldi Palace. They married in 1956 and the jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels was chosen to make the future Princess of Monaco’s wedding gift. The gift was made up of a set of pearls and diamonds, a personal gift from Prince Rainier. On different occasions she wore it with elegance. The Prince also gave her an emerald cut diamond ring that she wore in the film “High Society”. Grace Kelly was not only a Princess, she remains in our memories as an icon of elegance. She wore tiaras and Cartier jewels with elegance and simplicity without seeming flashy.

Princess Grace of Monaco wearing the state jewelleryAt different festivities she wore superb diamond and ruby brooches, sometimes even in her hair. Although she was still an American actress, she was nothing like a Hollywood star. Her classic, moderate taste made her a simple, elegant person. She was immediately adopted by the people of Monaco and gave the Principality the status of a great nation through her kindness, beauty, discretion and charisma. Prince Louis II of Monaco founded the Red Cross of Monaco, but it only really took off in 1958 when Princess Grace became president. A large part of its funds were raised at the annual ball which was attended by personalities from all over the world. Among them was the Begum Aga Khan, Elsa Maxwell, Maia Callas, Aristotle Onassis, Carl Gustave of Sweden and other members of the aristocracy. Other balls such as the Scorpions ball in 1969 at which Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were present, the Centenary Ball in Monte Carlo and the Chinese Ball attracted the high society to the Rock. While Princess Grace of Monaco could not be seen as a diamond diva, just like Elisabeth Taylor or the Duchess of Windsor, she owned a very nice collection of precious jewellery (some from Monaco's heritage), which she wore with taste and elegance.

Text ©World Luxury Jewellers
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