When Princess Charlene of Monaco recently visited the country of Georgia as part European Sports Week (EWoS), she chose to pack practical and versatile items in her jewellery case.

At the gala dinner in her honour, she wore a spectacular necklace converted from the tiara given to her by her husband Prince Albert as a wedding gift in 2011. The convertible Ocean Tiara by Van Cleef & Arpels consists of 1200 precious stones, diamonds and sapphires, designed in scrolls to represent sea foam, as a symbol of the waters from the coast of Monaco to South Africa, the birth place of the former Charlene Wittstock. The sapphires were selected in three graduating shades of blue to represent the colour of the ocean while 11 pear-cut diamonds represent water droplets.

Van Cleef & Arpels became the official supplier to the Principality of Monaco in 1956, when Prince Albert’s father Prince Rainier married actress Grace Kelly.


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