Grace Kelly’s Engagement Ringedit
Grace Patricia Kelly was no stranger to wealth. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, to wealthy parents on November 12, 1929. Her childhood was uneventful, but from a very young age, she already wanted to be an actress. She started her career by modeling on Broadway and did some children’s TV work. Although her first appearance in a motion picture was in 1951 in “Fourteen Hours,” her real movie star career was launched when Alfred Hitchcock noticed her and gave her a role in his “Dial M for Murder” (1954) film. A few excellent performances followed with “Rear Window” (1954) and “Country Girl” (1954) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1955, she played again under Hitchcock in “To Catch a Thief.” Her final motion picture performance was “High Society” (1956). That same year, she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. The event was branded “the Wedding of the Century.”
Grace Kelly’s engagement ring was designed by Cartier and was very much in line with the princess’s style and the subtle Hollywood glamour she added to European sophistication. Cartier was already well known to the Principality of Monaco. The relationship dated back to 1920 when Prince Albert 1st issued Cartier’s first royal warrant as an official supplier. In January 1956, Prince Rainier III sealed his engagement to Grace Kelly with a platinum Cartier ring bearing an emerald-cut diamond of 10.47 carats with two baguette-cut diamonds.
Until her untimely death aged 52 in 1982, Kelly continued to wear the ring that later went on display in Cartier’s New York flagship boutique when the Princess Grace room was first unveiled. The house created a replica of it – along with several other pieces worn by the princess – for the 2014 film Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman.
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