Born in Philadelphia in 1929 to a very prominent and affluent family, the magnificent Grace Kelly had a great love of performance from a young age. After modelling with her mother and sister and appearing in various magazine ads, Kelly soon moved to Hollywood to become one of the world’s most popular and highest paid leading actresses.
While at the Cannes Film festival 1955, Kelly was invited to take part in a photoshoot at the Palace of Monaco where she met Prince Rainier III. With no heir to the throne, he was seeking a wife, otherwise Monaco would again become part of France. Although she was dating a French actor at the time, the two took up private correspondence.
That December, the Prince travelled to America and met Kelly and her family. Three days later he proposed. The couple announced their engagement in January 1956, and were married in April of the same year.
Originally, Rainier proposed with a ruby and diamond eternity band made by Cartier. However, the Prince soon purchased a ring more befitting of glamour ladies of the day. It featured an exquisite 10.47ct emerald cut diamond with a baguette on either side, set in platinum.
Kelly retired from acting to wed Prince Rainier III. The fairy-tale wedding which took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco was the most glamorous of its time, and was watched by 30 million viewers on live television. Her wedding jewellery included a Cartier platinum tiara with baguette cut diamonds and 3 ruby cabochons as well as a 58ct diamond necklace.
Kelly’s breathtaking ring, however, stole the show. It even debuted in her final film, High Society. This engagement ring definitely features right up there with the most beautiful and memorable of the royal rings.