To play princess in training Grace Kelly, Nicole Kidman was splattered in diamonds and drowned in ruffles, but now we have found out that the sparkles were created by fine jeweller Cartier and are recreations of the royal jewels owned by Grace Kelly. How fabulous is that?
Grace Kelly was a loyal Cartier customer, as the princess wore a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring which her prince, Rainer III, proposed with in 1956. The engagement ring is legendary and was so precious to her that she insisted on wearing it on the set of High Society. Grace was often sprinkled in Cartier and was given plenty of their diamonds as wedding gifts. In her official wedding photographs she wore a platinum and diamond tiara with three detachable floral motifs and she then wore a three strand diamond necklace with a total of 58 carats. Sigh.
Left, reproduction of the 1955 tiara transformable into a necklace and right, reproduction of the 1953 three strands diamond necklace
For the film Cartier reproduced five of the royal pieces in the atelier of the Maison, with the consent of the Sovereign House of Monaco. We predict that the Cartier sparkles will take a leading role in the biopic, as the final scene even takes place in the legendary Cartier boutique at 13 rue de la Paix. In this final scene Princess Grace (covered in Cartier) announces that she is giving up her Hollywood career to carry out her princess duties.
We'll have to wait until the end of next year to see Kidman play one of Hollywood's most beautiful heroines, but we'll get a taster as a six minute trailer will presented at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Riviera is the perfect place to show the first trailer as back in the 50s Grace used to hang out on yachts in capris and hit the red carpet in tulle.