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Tabbah Infinite Cascade necklace for Princess Charlene of Monaco

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Yet another princess fairy tale became a reality over the long weekend as South African commoner Charlene Wittstock was bestowed an honorific upon marriage to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

It’s already old news that Giorgio Armani dressed the royal bride (and the question begs to be asked, why didn’t she wear a local designer? It could have been the perfect time to shine the light on an unknown but utterly amazing avant-garde fashion talent), but did anybody bother to say anything about that breathtaking piece of miniature architectural artwork Princess Charlene wore around her neck?

That sparkly amalgamation of 1,237 diamonds, six giant pearls and 18K rose gold, called the Infinite Cascade, is the work of Lebanese jewellery house Tabbah, who designed the bespoke piece exclusively for Princess Charlene. Yup, commoners can’t buy it – but let’s face it, a piece encrusted with over 56 carats of white diamonds is not something many of us can afford, now or in our lifetime.

Nagib Tabbah comments: “the design of the necklace is imbued with fluid structure: ripples that at once wrap, as if to protect, the neck, while simultaneously cascading over the collar bone where the large pearls drop, their individual settings ensuring delicate sparkle and warm glow as they catch the light.”

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