July 5, 2011

Van Cleef & Arpels design for Monaco's new princess

We admit it, we go a little weak in the knees at the news of royal nuptuals, and it's not just William and Kate that we love... especially after finding out that Prince Albert designed a special necklace/tiara with Van Cleef & Arpels for his bride, Charlene Wittstock. Since 1956, the company has been the official jeweler to the principality. The design, called Océan, is an nod to the couple's interest in the environment, and the work they champion through the Fondation Prince Albert II.


Details of the Océan necklace, courtesy of the palace:

Ripples shimmer on a ribbon of white gold and round-cut diamonds. The frothy lace of diamonds sparkles with the water’s reflections and diffuses into fabulous asymmetrical circles. The waters of the sea, made of blue sapphires, carry 11 pear-cut diamonds in their gentle swell.
883 round-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 44 carats
10 pear-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 4 carats
A 4.01 carat pear-cut diamond
359 round-cut sapphires for over a total of 18 carats, in a colour gradation of 3 hues

The necklace/tiara will be on exhibit in L'Histoire du Mariage Princier, at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco (below), from the 9th of July until the end of November 2011.

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