Tiaras of Monaco for Anon (click on the photos for the name of each tiara)
Monaco is not known for having an extensive or grand collection of tiaras and historically, Monaco’s Princesses don’t frequently wear them. The most well-known tiaras are as follows:
The Cartier Pearl Drop tiara
Created by Cartier Paris, this is one of the most historical pieces of jewelry owned by the Grimaldi family.
It consists of platinum and white gold featuring diamonds and pear-shaped pearl drops.
It was originally owned by Princess Charlotte, and skipped over Princess Grace (who never wore it) and was likely passed directly to Princess Caroline from her grandmother.
Its prominent appearances have been in photoshoots of Princess Caroline.
The Fringe tiara
Made by Cartier, this tiara was a gift to Princess Charlotte (mother of Prince Rainier) by her father, Prince Louis II.
The tiara is an articulated fringe consisting of mine and circular-cut diamonds set in silver and gold and can be converted into a necklace.
There is one photo of Princess Charlotte wearing the tiara. Princess Caroline has only worn it in necklace form.
The Bains de Mer tiara
Created by Cartier for Grace Kelly as a wedding gift when she became the new Princess of Monaco in 1956.
Gifted by the Société des Bains de Mer, which is the largest employer in the principality today.
Central elements are three detachable cabochon ruby and diamond brooches set in gold and platinum.
Princess Grace wore this tiara in its original form, but most frequently wore its elements as a necklace, brooches, and hair pieces all throughout her life. Since Princess Grace’s death, Princess Caroline has worn the brooches, but has never worn the full tiara.
Princess Grace’s Small Diamond tiara
Princess Grace wore this tiara most often, but unfortunately, not much is known about it. I want to say it was made by Cartier, but I am probably wrong. It might be an unknown jeweler.
The Van Cleef & Arpels diamond tiara
Transformed from a necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1978 for Princess Grace to wear to the ball celebrating Princess Caroline’s wedding to Philippe Junot.
Made of nearly 78 carats of round, marquise and pear-shaped white diamonds.
Today, the tiara belongs to Van Cleef & Arpels’ private collection and has toured with Grace Kelly/Princess Grace exhibits.
The Ocean tiara
Commissioned in 2011 from Van Cleef & Arpels as a gift from Prince Albert to his new bride, Princess Charlene.
The piece was symbolically designed and created to resemble water drops and wave transformations to reflect Princess Charlene’s past as an Olympic swimmer.
It is made of hundreds of diamonds and sapphires (of 3 different shades) in a variety of round and pear-cut stones.
It’s first and only appearance was at the 2011 Red Cross Ball, when Princess Charlene converted it and wore it as a necklace.
The Diamond Foam tiara
Designed by jeweler Lorenz Bäumer for the occasion of Prince Albert’s marriage to Charlene Wittstock.
Technically, this tiara is more of an ‘aigrette’ or jeweled ornament.
This is another piece with somewhat of a “sea spray” design to it, to reflect Princess Charlene’s connection to water, having been a champion swimmer.
Made of 60 carats of diamonds in a white gold setting and is supposedly convertible to a brooch and/or hairpiece.
It’s first and only public appearance was at the gala celebration of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene the night after their religious ceremony.