Princess Grace’s impact on fashion, especially her taste in fine jewelry, remains a masterclass of simplicity and style. Her love affair with pearls has been preserved in numerous pieces, crafted by prominent jewelry houses, like the iconic Van Cleef & Arpels. This legacy of artistry and royalty is carried on through the Grace de Monaco brand, where tradition and innovation are at the heart of each design and partnership. In the ever-evolving world of fashion, some looks remain eternally etched in our memories. Princess Grace, a beacon of eternal style, proves that pearls have an everlasting allure. With their luminous, organic beauty, it’s no surprise that pearls have staged a triumphant comeback in contemporary fashion. To quote our iconic muse, pearls are "the queen of gems and the gem of queens”.
Queen of Gems
Princess Grace's relationship with pearls was perfected through her association with Van Cleef & Arpels. The union of her ethereal beauty and Van Cleef & Arpels' masterful craftsmanship was pure magic. The haute French joaillerie was even designated the Patented Supplier of the Principality of Monaco. Princess Grace selected a pearl and diamond suite, blending a triple-stranded necklace, bracelet, ring, and earrings from various Van Cleef & Arpels collections. She effortlessly united them into a harmonious ensemble, donning them on significant occasions, including her honeymoon and her children's christenings. These jewels also graced her inaugural portraits, cementing their place in her enduring legacy. Grace Kelly’s dazzling presence, both on and off screen, shines a spotlight on the enduring charm of pearls. Lustrous and iridescent, pearls defined her style, whether it was a necklace adorning a gown or dainty earrings worn with more casual attire. The original influencer, she embraced pearls and used them to complement her delicate beauty, emphasizing their universal appeal and versatility. She transformed these radiant gems into symbols of timeless elegance.
Pearlcore: Not Your Grandmother’s Pearls
Fast forward to the present, and pearls have undergone a remarkable transformation and are experiencing a resurgence. Today's pearls are being styled in fresh and unique ways, breaking free from the traditional molds. Designers and fashion initiators are reimagining pearls as versatile and contemporary accessories. The pearl’s shimmery, luminescent finish is like a highlighter in jewelry form, beautifying the complexion and adding to their desirability.
From oversized pearl-studded sunglasses to stacked pearl bracelets, pearls are being integrated into every facet of modern fashion. As Princess Grace’s innovative style suggests, pearls no longer need to be confined to the realm of evening gowns and formal events; they're now adorning bags, hair accessories, nails, and streetwear. Mixing and layering strands of pearls with leather, denim, and other jewelry has become a defining trend.
Grace Kelly's enduring influence on pearl jewelry is another testament to her timeless style. Her longstanding affiliation with Van Cleef & Arpels remains an iconic example of the designer-muse relationship. Today, pearls have shed their traditional reputation and emerged as the latest go-to accessory. Whether paired with a t-shirt and jeans or more formal attire, the ethereal pearl is having a moment.
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