Grace Kelly will forever be remembered for her endless elegance. The dazzling actress was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic blondes before becoming an Academy Award winner. Not unlike a certain modern-day royal romance, the beautiful actress captured the eye of European royalty and became a real American princess when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1954. Take a look at Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, learn more about her fairytale romance, and discover vintage rings from the Victor Barboné collection that feature a similar style.
A Cinema Legend
In the early 1950s, Grace Kelly was perhaps the most popular and well-respected woman in Hollywood. The timeless beauty starred in three popular thrillers directed by the infamous Alfred Hitchcock before winning an Oscar in 1954 for her gritty role in “The Country Girl.”
The stylish blonde was one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses when she was asked to make an appearance at France’s annual Cannes Film Festival. During a photo shoot at the festival, she was spotted by Prince Rainier of Monaco, who was immediately captivated by the Grace’s beautiful blonde hair, deep blue eyes, and undeniable charm.
The Engagement Ring
Originally, Prince Rainier proposed to Grace with a simple eternity band dotted with rubies and emeralds. Once he realized that other women in Hollywood had bigger, flashier engagement rings, however, he wanted to be sure that his beautiful bride was not outdone! He quickly ordered her another ring. The second time around, Grace Kelly’s engagement ring was a breathtaking 10.5-carat emerald cut diamond flanked by two baguettes from Cartier!
The press and public were captivated by the couple’s fairytale romance. On April 19, 1956, the couple married in a grand, highly publicized wedding ceremony at St. Nicholas Cathedral. Grace’s wedding dress was incredibly modest, featuring a high neckline, long sleeves, and billowing ballgown skirt. The dress was a gift from MGM studios and reportedly took 30 seamstresses 6-weeks to make! Her wedding gown continues to inspire modern brides. It even served as an inspiration for Kate Middleton’s royal wedding nearly 60 years later!
The Royal Couple
When she said “I Do” to Prince Rainier, Grace renounced her American citizenship and gave up acting to take her place as the Princess of Monaco. Despite many people trying to persuade her to return to Hollywood, it was clear that the royal beauty was done with acting for good. She instead focused her ambitions on charitable work and raising her three children, Princess Caroline, Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie.
Similar Rings From Victor Barboné
Every woman deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day. If you have always admired Grace Kelly’s timeless beauty, there are plenty of engagement rings within the Victor Barboné collection to help you enjoy a similar style! Here are just a few: