Grace Kelly found fame as Alfred Hitchcock's muse and one of his much lauded ‘ice blondes’ before becoming the toast of Hollywood with her role in The Country Girl which saw her collect a Best Actress Oscar. However, Kelly then went on to a real-life fairytale as she was whisked off her feet by Monaco’s Prince Rainier III, before her untimely death in 1982.
Before marrying Rainier, Kelly became synonymous with diamonds after her eponymous role in To Catch A Thief. However, the Prince lavished his future bride with an eternity ring comprised of rubies and diamonds to tide her over until the 12ct emerald cut Cartier diamond engagement ring intended for her was fit for his princess! Once married, Rainier gave Kelly a Van Cleef & Arpels pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings set.
Grace's Cartier diamond engagement ring from Prince Rainier
Some descriptions list it as 10.47ct; others as 12ct.
Grace photographed wearing the Van Cleef & Arpels set.
Upon their wedding, Van Cleef & Arpels were appointed the jewelers to the court of the Principality of Monaco.
One of Princess Grace's tiaras by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Currently on display at the Cooper-Hewitt's Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit in New York.
"Look, John. Hold them. Diamonds. The only thing in the world you can't resist." - Grace Kelly's Frances Stevens to Cary Grant's John Robie in To Catch a Thief.
(00:41 for the "hold them/fireworks" scene)