Grace Kelly Celebrated in Montblanc Line
by roberta naas
A legend around the world, Grace Kelly is truly an icon in Philadelphia, where she was born. Her poise, charm, and beauty have inspired Montblanc to create a collection of jewelry, watches, and writing instruments that truly celebrates the late Princess Grace of Monaco’s charisma. Working closely with her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, Montblanc spent years bringing this creative project to fruition.
“This collection and the elements in it are all a result of Prince Albert giving his personal feedback to us about his mother’s favorite flowers, colors, and images,” says Jan-Patrick Schmitz, president and CEO of Montblanc, North America. “He was very careful to have a collection that reflects her elegance and style, and that would be a celebration of her life.”
Prince Albert took a personal pride in the project and met frequently with Montblanc over the years to finalize this very special limited collection. Some of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and others are created in editions of just three. “It was not just about creating a series of special pieces, but also about paying tribute to [Princess Grace’s] talent and her tireless charity work,” says Schmitz, who notes that the collection has close ties with the Princess Grace Foundation, which helps discover and encourage emerging talent in theater, dance, and film.
The key element linking the collection is the rose motif, which uses Princess Grace’s favorite flower. In fact, Montblanc drew inspiration from the Grace de Monaco rose that was created in 1956 to mark the occasion of her fairy-tale marriage to Prince Rainier. Additionally, the key color in the series is pink, the color of that rose. Quintessentially feminine, the pieces thereby offer an air of romance and passion.
The artfully conceived and meticulously executed collection includes stunning high-jeweled necklaces and earrings—crafted in precious gold and set with diamonds and rose-petal-shaped pink sapphires for a delicate balance of spirit and elegance. That same cut of sapphire highlights the Montblanc writing instruments in this series, which include a pen with a cap with scattered diamonds to echo the V-shaped neckline of a black velvet dress the princess was photographed in. In another pen, purple lacquer recalls the majesty of the royal family, and champagne-colored gold brings luxury to life. The timepieces range from one-of-a-kind high-jeweled watches to a series of diamond-encrusted pieces.
The Princess Grace de Monaco collection is so limited and special that it is only sold in a few Montblanc boutiques around the world, but it can be viewed in other stores (such as the King of Prussia boutique) by appointment. Montblanc, King of Prussia Mall, 610-265-2192
photograph by getty images (kelly)