The Océan Necklace was a gift of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco to his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, on the day of their wedding. It was designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, who are known for their natural designs. This necklace, which can be transformed into a tiara, was inspired by the waves of the ocean, hence of course the name.
The necklace represents shimmering waves on a ribbon of white gold and round-cut diamonds. The blue sapphires, organised in asymmetrical circles, carry 11 pear-cut diamonds. They represent the reflection of water.
The necklace consists of 883 round-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 44 carats, 10 pear-cut diamonds, weighing a total of over 4 carats, one 4.01 carat pear-cut diamond, and 359 round-cut sapphires for over a total of 18 carats, in a colour gradation of 3 hues.
Princess Charlene of Monaco has worn the necklace a few times, such as at the Red Cross Ball in 2011, but she hasn’t used it as tiara yet.
Collages by Aimée Durand, used with permission. All rights reserved.