On Thursday, the Prince and Princess of Monaco were in New York for the Princess Grace Awards—and the debut of a sparkling necklace featuring a diamond named for the late icon.
The Princess Grace Foundation continues the late Princess Grace’s legacy in the arts by recognizing and supporting extraordinary early career artists in theater, dance, and film. At Thursday’s awards ceremony, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene posed with several of this year’s honorees. This photograph features the princely couple with several of this year’s honorees in the field of film: animator Jeanette Fantone; filmmaker Katie Mathews; writer, director, and producer Jahmil Eady; animator and storyboarder Río Castañeda; documentary filmmaker Diana Milena Ojeda Castellanos; writer, director, and editor Hazel McKibbin; and video artist, filmmaker, and sound artist Kelechi Agwuncha.
For the awards ceremony, Princess Charlene wore a modern floral evening gown made by Terrence Bray.
With the gown, Charlene wore diamonds, including sparkling earrings and a necklace with special significance to both the princely couple and the Princess Grace Foundation.
The necklace comes from a new Australian brand, Maison Mazerea, and features a rare pink diamond in its center. The gem, which was mined at the now-defunct Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, is a 1.79-carat stone with a purplish-pink color. The diamond was originally dubbed the “Argyle Stella.” It was purchased in 2021 by Burgundy Diamond Mines for their new luxury brand, Maison Mazerea.
In July 2022, Maison Mazerea announced an official partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation and renamed the stone “the Grace Diamond” in honor of the late princess. Maison Mazerea plans to have the diamond mounted in a series of settings over time, starting with this white and yellow diamond necklace. The necklace, crafted by jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, is named “La Vie en Rose.”
Maison Mazerea founder Peter Ravenscroft and jeweler Lorenz Bäumer were both on hand to see Princess Charlene wear the necklace for the first time at Thursday’s awards ceremony. For Bäumer, the moment was a reunion with the prince and princess. You’ll recall that he made one of the tiaras that Charlene received from Albert as a wedding gift back in 2011.
Here’s one more look at Charlene wearing the Grace Diamond in its “La Vie en Rose” setting at Thursday’s gala.
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