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Grace Kelly’s ‘family heirloom’ engagement ring was replaced with huge Cartier diamond

Grace Kelly was an American actress who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. Despite a short career of only six years, she was one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, rising to stardom in the early 50s, the actress was nominated for several Academy Awards and won the prestigious Best Actress award for her performance in ‘The Country Girl’ in 1954. When the Prince of Monaco asked her to marry him, he initially presented her with an eternity band, before an opportunity arose to gift Grace a second diamond engagement ring said to be worth £30million.

During the spring of 1955 at the Cannes Film Festival, Grace met her soon-to-be fiancé, Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The actress was at the Film Festival to promote To Catch a Thief when the Prince heard about her attendance and arranged a photo opportunity at his home as a way to meet the actress.

For the meeting, Grace wore a stylist floral-print dress and is reported to have remarked that he was “a very charming man”.

The months following saw the pair stay in touch, exchanging letters over several months and developing a romantic relationship. Finally, when he visited Kelly in her hometown of Philadelphia that Christmas, he asked her to marry him.

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The newly-engaged couple held a press conference in her family’s home and the actress showed off her engagement ring for the first time – but it wasn’t the ring that Grace Kelly became known for.

The engagement ring on her finger during the press conference was an eternity band set with rubies and diamonds and was reportedly a placeholder for her real engagement ring.

The ring designed by Cartier was reportedly created using family heirlooms and the

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