Had Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly not been in Monaco in 1955 making Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, she may never have caught her real-life prince. In the film, Kelly seduces Cary Grant—who plays the role of a professional jewel thief—by wearing a faux diamond necklace. As fate would have it, a photo shoot to promote the film was scheduled at the palace of Prince Rainier III, where the two met. Although it wasn’t love at first sight, they kept in touch, and Prince Rainier visited Kelly and her family during a trip to America on an official tour. Three days later, he proposed with a genuine platinum Cartier ring with an emerald-cut diamond weighing 10.47 carats and two baguette-cut diamonds. Kelly and Prince Rainier tied the knot on April 18, 1956. Six decades later, their wedding is still considered one the most fairy-tale moments of all time.
Carol Brodie is a jewelry expert and the host of Rarities Fine Jewelry on HSN, who writes our monthly "Hidden Gem" column.
Photos Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco: © Fernand Detaille, Archives du Palais Princier de Monaco. Ring: Vincent Wulwerick © Courtesy of Palais Princier de Monaco.