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Grace Kelly's Pearls Appear for the First Time Since Her Death

Princess Caroline's father Prince Rainier bought the gorgeous triple strand necklace for his bride the year that they married.
IMAGE MICHAEL STILLWELL
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It was the last Bal de Rose Karl Lagerfeld designed. The event, held annually in Monaco since 1954, and now presided over by Prince Albert, raises funds for artist scholarships and the Princess Grace Foundation. The theme this year was the riviera, and before his death the late Chanel designer collaborated with his longtime friend Princess Caroline on the event. There was a replica of the Hotel de Paris and the dance floor was in the shape of a swimming pool, and as always, in honor of Princess Grace’s favorite flowers, thousands of roses everywhere.

For jewelry spies however, the focus of the evening was less on the colorful Lagerfeld backdrops and more on the triple strand of Van Cleef & Arpels cultured pearls worn by Princess Caroline. Prince Rainier had bought the necklace for his bride in 1956, a few months before their wedding.


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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III toast each other during their honeymoon on Mallorca in 1956.

“He came himself, albeit quite discreetly, into the store and bought the necklace as well as a ring, ear clips, and a bracelet,” says a source familiar with the purchase. “Reports always describe the pearls as a special order, but they were not. What is quite special, however, is that this is the first time this necklace has been worn since Princess Grace’s passing.”


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Princess Grace wears the pearls during the annual Bal de la Rose in Monaco in 1978.

The necklace is often noted as a highlight in Princess Grace’s impressive Van Cleef collection (the house was named the Official Supplier to the Principality of Monaco soon after Rainier’s fateful trip into the New York boutique) which includes the sapphire and diamond Daisy brooch, several rare Alhambra necklaces, and a series of playful animal clips. After being featured in several global exhibits, the pearls at least, seem to have remained in the family collection, and are now safely back at home in Monaco.


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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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