El joyero de la Familia Real de Mónaco: las escasas tiaras y joyas de las Grimaldi

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TURQUOISE DROP NECKLACE​



A royal suite of jewelry dating from the late 1800's. Turquoise used in jewelry was mined from fields in Turkey and considered the finest Turquoise available in the world. This is slightly different from the turquoise found in the southwest USA that has become very popular world-wide. The ‘Royal’ turquoise has more of a graining and less inclusions of flaked mica.
The French courts were the first to see the Turkish Turquoise on the necks of royalty, and high society. Very soon the British courts were being dazzled by this new a colorful decoration.
The first Monaco Princess to wear turquoise jewelry was surprisingly an American named Alice Heine. She met and married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889. Princess Alice was just 31 years old. She had become a widow at the age of 22, and had two children with her first husband. She was from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father was from a banking family.
Marie Alice and Albert married on October 30, 1889. Along with her two younger children, Alice also brought an extensive collection of jewels and a massive (at the time) dowry of six million dollars. This suite of Turquoise jewelry was brought to Monaco for the first time.
The jewelry given to Grace by Prince Rainier III was separated into defined groups. All the jewelry owned by the ‘first’ American Princess of Monaco, was given to Grace at one time. A lot of the jewelry in the collection was given to Grace during the first week before the wedding, but this group was saved for the return from their honeymoon. While the honeymooners were still traveling back on the yacht, Rainier’s valet was given instructions to have all of Maire Alice’s jewelry spread out on their bed when they returned. Looking at all the jewelry layout our before her, the first piece she picked up to look at close was the turquoise necklace.



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This diamond tiara sometimes called “Kelly's Diamond Tiara” or the “Diamond Swag Tiara” has been worn twice, once in a series of portraits in 1956 and again in 1965 to the Bal des Petits Lits Blancs in Ireland. It is thought to be a wedding gift, perhaps from Prince Rainier.

It features 214 modern cut diamonds are and 42 baguette diamonds. Arranged in a series of exaggerated diamond swags, set with large pear-shaped diamonds. It is similar in design to pieces from Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels from the period and was probably originally a necklace.

The photograph of the Vintage platinum pendant choker necklace is similar in design to Princess Grace's tiara.gettyimages-607406186.jpgb657fe74a9d4e83b4844024b39b055fe.jpg041c3fef6d990fa77d19566acc2d96ad.jpgScreenshot 2021-01-03 at 10.25.53 PM.pngScreenshot 2021-01-03 at 10.23.33 PM.pngScreenshot 2021-01-04 at 6.02.51 AM.png
 
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Golden Ball Necklace
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In the movie ‘To Catch A Thief’, the director Alfred Hitchcock added a scene where he wanted to see Grace Kelly dressed to the hilt. The added scenes were a full dress ball, the type used by the ultra rich in France, to play ‘dress-up’. All those ‘balls’ had themes, and this was ‘Golden Ball’, where the men and women had to have a major amount of ‘gold’ in their dress. Grace was to have the most and stand out. Hitchcock had her dressed entirely in gold from head to toe. Her hair was gold (an obvious wig, which was acceptable to the dress code of the ‘balls’), jewelry, and right down to her shoes....all in gold. Her jewelry needed to sparkle a lot for the cameras and to add to her face as being the center of attention at all times, simple ‘diamonds were not acceptable. A slight color was needed, and Hitchcock insisted on the stones matching the blue-green of her eyes. The staff tried to paint the stones but the ‘sparkle’ went away. So special glass stones were created to fit the jewels, and match her eye color.


Some of the scenes we shot numerous times to get the effect Hitchcock wanted. The entrance scenes, where the color and sparkle of her necklace needed to set off the series of scenes to follow was shot more than six times, as the lighting was changed and re-arranged many times, concentrating on Grace’s Jewels.
In most of Grace’s films, she wore her own jewelry and rarely used studio pieces. This set was rented by Paramount Studios from a local Los Angeles ‘Studio Supply’ house and they were responsible for correcting the stone colors.
Grace loved the way the jewelry looked and insisted the studio buy the set for her and she could keep it. Alfred Hitchcock agreed and presented all the jewelry worn by Grace in the movie to her at the cast ‘Wrap Party’, which was held when the last filming was completed. Grace wore this set of jewelry when she became Princess of Monaco