June’s birthstone is the gorgeous, luminous pearl—so what better time to shine our Sparkling Spotlight on some truly beautiful royal jewels set with pearls? Today, we’re looking back at a gleaming pearl and diamond jewelry look worn by a Grimaldi princess.
Princess Caroline of Monaco, daughter of the famed Princess Grace, represented the principality at the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie of Lannoy back in October 2012. For the pre-wedding gala, she reached for a pearl and diamond tiara with major Monegasque history.
The tiara, which features pearl drops suspended from elaborate diamond arches, was made by Cartier for Caroline’s grandmother, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois. Charlotte reportedly ordered the tiara herself from Cartier in 1949, the year that her son, Prince Rainier III, succeeded to the Monegasque throne. She wore it prominently during the wedding celebrations for Rainier and Grace Kelly in 1956. Today, it’s part of the princely collection, and Caroline is its most frequent wearer.
For the gala in Luxembourg, Caroline paired the tiara with a pair of earrings that also belonged to Princess Charlotte: Art Deco-style diamond earrings with cushion-cut diamond drops.
Caroline also wore a diamond fringe necklace that she often pairs with the earrings. (One memorable outing came during the Rose Ball in 2015.) Many identify this as the necklace setting of Princess Charlotte’s diamond fringe tiara; I disagree, and am convinced that they are two separate jewels.
Caroline’s dress added plenty of additional sparkle to her overall look, as did a pair of tennis bracelets (one diamond, one sapphire), and a large diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. (She’s a big sapphire fan!)