Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Making of Princess Charlene of Monaco's Ocean Inspired Jewelry

By on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 5 Comments

The two royal brides this year both have impeccable taste but neither wore necklaces to their weddings.

But the newly minted Princess Charlene of Monaco  has a spectacular ocean inspired necklace and tiara commissioned for the occasion.

Both the Van Cleef and Arpels diamond and sapphire Ocean Spray necklace and the Lorenz Baumer Diamond Spray tiara designs were clearly influenced by Princess Charlene's love of the sea.  Not surprising as she is a former Olympic swimmer. Her preference for contemporary styles is also evident especially for the asymmetrical tiara.

The beautiful lines of both pieces featuring cresting of ocean waves are truly inspirational for both wire work artisans and bead workers alike.  How can high end jewelry inspire us?  Check out my Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl necklace which I created after seeing Diana, Princess of Wales' Swan Lake necklace.

The following videos show how both pieces were created.  The second video is in French with no subtitles. But no words are necessary to appreciate lovely jewelry!

The Making of Van Cleef and Arpels' Ocean Spray Diamond necklace
The necklace includes different shades of sapphires capturing different sea colors as well as pear cut diamonds to suggest water droplets. Over 1200 stones (70 carats worth) were used.

The  Lorenz Baumer Diamond Spray Tiara
This video shows the fitting of the tiara. Notice the portrait of Princess Grace in the background. Princess Charlene actually wore it with the spray over the left ear for her wedding reception.


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  1. Jealous much? She stole my dream! I want a prince and the Van Cleef & Arpel Nuova sapphire ring.

    This is a seriously powerful parure though, sapphires are my fondest.

  2. Oh my gosh, that necklace is breathtaking!

  3. The tiara is breathtaking and certainly changes all preconceived notions of what a tiara should be. Decidedly not crown like at all but more like wisps of feathers or a small bouquet of flower buds. It looks like it would be very comfortable to wear ... wonder if she'd let me borrow it. :D

  4. Wow! I don't care for most tiaras but this one is breathtaking!

  5. I only like tiaras on princesses and most do look rather heavy and clunky. This (is it properly called tiara? I'm clueless :)) is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen, it captures the best of old and modern. What a wonderful gift from a Prince who has been treated so terribly by people on the internet and for a Princess who hasn't been treated much better. Grace would have loved Charlene and definitely approved of her DIL's new jewels! She was always very proud of "Albie". Thank you for sharing the photos, I had not seen these pieces before!