Grace Kelly's Pearls Appear for the First Time Since Her Death
It was the last Bal de Rose Karl Lagerfeld designed. The
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.”
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
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