Van Cleef & Arpels


Royal Tiara Challenge 2017

Day 17: Favorite Monegasque Tiara

The Ocean Tiara/Necklace

So if I’m being honest, I don’t love any of Monaco’s tiaras. I don’t hate them, but I don’t really care for them either. That being said, I do like the Ocean Tiara/Necklace but more as a work of art than a piece of jewelry. Made by Van Cleef & Arpels, it was a wedding present from Prince Albert to his bride Princess Charlene. Charlene was an olympic swimmer from the mediterranean, so many of her wedding gifts had a water theme. As a water girl myself, I can appreciate what VC&A was trying to evoke with this piece. The beauty, yet fierce power of ocean waves, all conveyed in sapphires and diamonds. On display, and as a necklace, this piece is magnificent. As a tiara, I’m not convinced quite yet. It will take more than one magazine spread for me to say yay or nay on this one. 


Brooches from Van Cleef & Arpels’ Peau d’Âne collection, inspired by Jacques Demy’s 1970 musical Peau d’Âne (Donkey Skin, bottom two photos). From top:

  • Robe Couleur du Soleil (Dress the Color of the Sun), set with diamonds, spessartite garnets, tourmalines, and sapphires
  • Robe Couleur de la Lune (Dress the Color of the Moon), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites
  • Prince, set with diamonds, sapphires, coral, and emeralds
  • Peau d'Âne, set with diamonds
  • Robe Couleur du Temps (Dress the Color of Time), set with diamonds, turquoise, Paraiba tourmalines, and garnets
  • Fée des Etoiles (Fairy of the Stars), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites.