02-093 CASSINI BRACELET
ORIGINAL Material: 18 K Gold, Diamonds, French Enamel
REPLICA MATERIAL: Fashion Jewelry, Swarovski Crystals
Oleg Cassini once said of Grace Kelly: “Grace Kelly was a glacially cool, like a wonderful sherbet in the middle of the desert. Cooling, icy, clean. She was a genetic miracle, a superior woman.”
Count Oleg Cassini Loiewski was an American fashion designer born to an aristocratic Russian family with maternal Italian ancestry. Oleg and his brother moved with his mother to Florence Italy at a young age. His mother started a ‘fashion house’ and quickly got rich Americans as clients due to her father was the Russian Ambassador to the United States under Theodore Roosevelt. Oleg came to the United States as a young man after starting as a designer in Rome, and quickly got work with Paramount Pictures. Cassini established his reputation by designing for films.
After Pearl Harbor, Cassini quickly enlisted in the war effort. Initially, he joined the United States Coast Guard, but he later served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry officer. Cassini became a US citizen in 1942, losing his titles of nobility. After five years in the U.S. Cavalry, Cassini moved to New York City in 1952 to open his own fashion house.
In 1938, Cassini married Mary Fahrney. The couple divorced in 1940. Cassini married actress Gene Tierney, in 1941. They were divorced in 1948. John F. Kennedy became the boyfriend of Gene Tierney and they lived together for more than one year.
After seeing one of Grace Kelly’s films, Mogambo, Oleg decided he would meet this woman and marry her! He first met Grace at a restaurant where she was having dinner with Pierre Aumont, and introduced himself. Through a friend he obtained a dinner date with Grace, but her sister Peggy came along as well. Oleg followed Grace everywhere, literally in the world. He sent flowers, notes, and phone calls almost every day. This was the period of time when Grace was making all her films.
During this time, Oleg believed he and Grace was engaged. Oleg had given this bracelet to Grace with his understanding they were engaged, but somehow Grace saw it as a beautiful gift, not an engagement present. Obliviously there was a misunderstanding, as Grace would not become engaged to a man without the approval of her family. Grace introduced Oleg to her family, but her father in particular, did not like him at all and even asked him to leave the house. Oleg was Jewish, 16 years her senior, and married two times before. After she met Rainier, Grace invited Oleg to met her for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, and it was here she told him they would go their separate ways. She told Oleg “I have Made my Destiny”.
Oleg and Grace did remain friends and visited Monaco many times. Prince Rainier also was quite friendly to Oleg and also liked Oleg’s last wife Marianne Nestor. The last marriage lasted more than 30 years until he passed away.
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