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Princess Grace of Monaco's Jewels on Display
Official portrait of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco wearing Cartier jewellery 1959. G. Lukomski, avec l'autorisation du palais princier de Monaco

Diamonds are a girl's best friend and some of Princess Grace's most spectacular diamonds can currently be admired in a breathtaking display of some of the world's most exquisite jewels at Cartier: the Exhibition, on show until 22 July 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

The exhibition has several pieces from the Princess's stunning jewellery collection. These also mark important milestones in her life such as the 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring of Grace Kelly's 1956 engagement with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, as well as several of her tiaras, necklaces, brooches and earrings.

Visitors can gain a unique insight into her Princess Grace's life as a royal, a movie star, bride and, of course, a fashion icon.

Dior jewellery
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III showcased at Cartier: the Exhibition in Canberra Copyright Visit Monaco 

This is one of the most significant collections of jewellery to ever be shown in Australia. And it shows how Princess Grace's iconic style and timeless elegance continues to inspire the world.

Grace Kelly Engagement Ring Copyright Princely Palace of Monaco

These are also the most significant pieces of jewellery to be seen in Australian since the 'Grace Kelly: Style Icon' exhibition was shown at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2012.

Cartier: The Exhibition as a whole showcases more than 300 spectacular items, with loans from royal families, celebrities and the incredible Cartier Collection itself. Never before have so many incredible diamonds, pearls, sapphires, emeralds and other precious stones been seen in Australia.

Highlights include the Queen's 'Halo' tiara worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to Prince William, Elizabeth Taylor's diamond and ruby necklace, and Dame Nellie Melba's diamond stomacher brooch.

So here is your chance to step into the dazzling world of the Maison Cartier and its clients to discover concepts of glamour throughout the 20th century, accompanied by a rich and stimulating program of talks, tours and events.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show at the NGA, exclusive to Canberra.

The event is on show until 22 July 2018 at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
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Why? Looking at jaw-dropping jewellery is nice way to spend some time.
When: Open Daily, 10am-5pm
Where: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place East, Parkes ACT 2600
Cost: Children 16yrs and under are admitted FREE while accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets from $20.00
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