|The Ocean Tiara|
Video: The making of the tiara, including a look at how it converts from tiara to necklace by popping each element out of the frame.The water is depicted with 359 sapphires, chosen in three shades to create a gradation that represents the differences in ocean colors around the world. The sapphires are positioned so that they are at the bottom of the central circle when the piece is worn as a necklace – this seems to be how it is intended to be worn most of the time, as this is how the ocean motif is the most accurate – but they are at the top when worn as a tiara, meaning they stay out of the hair. (A valuable feature, considering the sapphires are pretty subtle overall.) The sea foam is depicted with white diamonds, as is the straight line base of the piece. There are more than 850 diamonds here, with a total weight of 44 carats. In the center of the largest circles sits a pear-shaped diamond representing a water droplet; these 11 stones are the biggest diamonds in the piece, the largest one weighing more than 4 carats alone.
an early portrait by Karl Lagerfeld, but it was not widely released. Therefore, our first proper look at the Ocean Tiara comes from the cover of Hola magazine, which has an exclusive interview with Charlene.
Does the new picture change your opinion of this jewel?
Photos: Van Cleef & Arpels/Getty Images/Reuters/Hola