The Jewelry Insider

March 24, 2011

With Elizabeth Taylor’s sad passing, the world lost one of its most glamorous jewelry ambassadors. Celebrate her life with a look at some of her most incredible jewelry moments.

Elizabeth Taylor, movie star, philanthropist, mother and wife to no less than 7 husbands died on Monday due to complications from congestive heart failure. A woman of many passions, her zest for life translated to an obsession with all things big and shiny.

Her passion for jewelry led her to write a book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, name her perfumes after her favorite gemstone – White Diamond – and own one of the most desired jewelry collections.

Some of her most valuable pieces came from the men in her life, most notably the Cartier ruby and diamond ensemble from third husband, Mike Todd; The Krupp Diamond – a 33.19-carat stone from Richard Burton; The Peregrina Pearl, a perfect pear-shaped natural pearl once owned by Bloody Mary, Queen of Scots; and the Taylor-Burton diamond – a 69.42-carat whopper that was once the most expensive stone in the world at $1.1 million.

Taylor was also well known for her charitable work and often auctioned her famous jewelry collection to raise money for causes she believed in, including one of her most treasured pieces, the emerald & diamond engagement ring from Richard Burton.

“Please know that it is not easy for me to give it away. It is only my commitment to AIDS that persuaded me to let it go. My love is inside that ring forever,” Taylor said.

While Taylor’s private jewelry collection was one of the world’s most famous, she often reflected that she didn’t really own the gems but was rather ‘their guardian’.

“I was their protector and nobody could have enjoyed them or had more fun with them.”


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