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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

Marriage and the fascination

Marriage and the fascination

Even if Monaco does not have the typical wedding tourism, its location provides exclusivity for the precious moment. It also has a special feeling by having the wedding in the same territory where Charlène Lynette Wittstock became the Princess of Monaco.

And what does this royal wedding mean for people? Everything.

Let me tell you a quick example going back to my previous example with my best friend, the artist Dodo Newman, who created in 2012 a Jewelry-artwork called “The Biggest Love Story” as a commemoration for the Royal wedding and the forever bonding love of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and his beloved wife Her Serene Highness Princess Charlène of Monaco.

Dodo also had a long-time admiration for the Princely Family in Monaco since the time of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III. She admired them for the love and passion they shared for each other even, if they came from different and contrasting backgrounds.

Just as Princess Charlène’s mother, Lynette Wittstock who is an artist, Princess Grace also had a strong dedication to supporting the arts. She always believed that cultivation and training of emerging talent is essential to ensure sustained excellence in the arts.

Understanding the South African roots of the Princess, she immediately linked it back to the Titanic project. At the time, she decided to create something special for Princess Charlène to celebrate her love with Prince Albert with the thought of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III as well.

The marriage of Princess Charlène and Prince Albert was a great occasion for this work and in Dodo’s mind she already saw that it will consist of two pieces that are actually one. For this reason, she decided to cut the 3 meter long piece of PlexiGlas in half, representing the couple who belong together bonded by love. This is how the two complementary pieces came alive.

The royal jewelry-artwork covered with diamonds is a celebration of love, birth and death with the Princess’s favourite purple colours. The reflections of the water and the purple shades were also inspired by H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco.

Dodo hid an original Titanic coal from the ship wreck in both sides of the jewelry-artwork. These pieces of coal in each part are there to commemorate the passengers. The 100 year old coal pieces are encircled with diamonds that are symbols of renewal, rebirth and life.

Roger Marie Bricoux
Roger Marie Bricoux

One side of the artwork is dedicated to Monaco and H.S.H. Prince Albert II. This side is also a commemoration for Monaco’s forgotten hero, Roger Marie Bricoux as well. He was one of the legendary Titanic musicians, a brave cello player who never left the sinking ship. Roger Marie Bricoux played on his cello during the sinking of the Titanic.

The other part of the composition is dedicated to South Africa and H.S.H. Princess Charlène. This side is a commemoration as well for the South African passengers of the ill-fated Titanic ship.

The two pieces which complement each other, have a special wave cut in the middle of the composition, representing the endless ocean and the forever bonding love. Therefore, the two complementary pieces fold together just as the „A” and the „C” in Her Serene Highness Princess Charlène and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II’s dual cypher.

A peculiarity is that when Dodo started to create the jewelry-artwork, called “The Biggest Love Story”, she was four months pregnant. This was an element that added to the inner beauty and the uniqueness of the work.

I only understood later from her private mailings with the Princess how meaningful the precious moment of the wedding was for her and probably for so many other people.

I remember when I saw the wedding with you and Prince Albert, and I saw that very special moment in the old chapel, when the tears covered your eyes. It was a very emotional moment for all of us, because it was the moment where everybody realized how deeply you were moved and how profound your Love for Albert is. And as you appeared in your amazing dress, it was like an Angel coming down to Earth. The simplicity was surrounded with a heart breaking feeling that day.” – Quote from the private mailings of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlène and Dodo Newman

Even if all the colours, the reflections of the water and the purple shades were inspired by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlène, the royal jewelry-artwork encapsulates the undoubtable message that death, roots, life and birth are all part of us, especially with a folding and forever bonding love.

Interestingly, since Dodo was 4 months pregnant during the creation of this work when she implemented the diamonds in each side of it, she wished the birth of a new life for H.S.H. Princess Charlène as well.

Only two years passed after the creation of the artwork and the news ran around the world like fire that the 36-year-old South African Princess was expecting twins to deliver in December 2014. Princess Charlène gave birth to H.S.H. Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier and H.S.H. Princess Gabriella Thérèse Marie on December 10th, 2014.

Dodo’s prediction from 2012 came into reality.

I believe this example shows how strong the effect of the Princely wedding is on the people who admire the couple the same way as they do the Principality of Monaco.

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