Elizabeth Taylor – Queen of Diamonds

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Without a doubt, Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most memorable glamour girls of our time. Her natural beauty was only magnified when she wore her lavish jewelry. Her collection of divine diamonds and breathtaking jewels only grew with each new man in her life. We remember Elizabeth Taylor’s life through the stories behind her most treasured accessories. Let’s take a journey through some of her most unforgettable pieces.

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The Taylor-Burton Diamond
Probably the most famous of Taylor’s, this 69.42-karat diamond from Cartier was given to Elizabeth from her fifth husband, Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton, in 1969. When the original owner decided to let someone else own it, the diamond was then re-named after the pair.

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The Krupp Diamond
This 33.19-karat piece mounted in a ring is another gift from Richard Burton, bought for $305,000 in 1968. It soon became one of Taylor’s favorite pieces. She wore it almost every day, and it was even animated onto her character when she made a guest appearance on The Simpsons.

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La Peregina
Before Elizabeth Taylor owned this teardrop-shaped pearl, it was once the property of both Anne Boelyn and Queen Mary Tudor of England. This stunning pearl is worth between $2 million and $3 million today. Richard Burton bought it at an auction in 1969 for $37,000, outbidding a member of the Spanish Royal family. It’s one of the most historical pearls in the world, but was almost eaten by one of Taylor’s dogs.

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Antique diamond tiara
This gift from third husband Mike Todd has an estimated value of $60,000 to $80,000. He presented it to Taylor saying, “You are my queen.” Taylor famously wore it to the 1957 Academy Awards, where Todd’s film Around the World in 80 Days won for Best Picture.

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The Taj Mahal necklace
This gold and ruby necklace features as its focal a large, heart-shaped diamond in the center. The heart is inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, wife of Mugal Emporer Shah Jahangir. It is said that the Emporer’s son Shah Jahan presented it to his most beloved wife Mumtaz-i-Mahal, who also inspired the Taj Mahal. Taylor inherited this gem after husband Richard Burton bought it for her as a 40th birthday present.

Some of Elizabeth Taylor’s greatest pieces will be on display around the world starting this month. The exhibit will include stops in LA, Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong. Christie’s auction house is putting on the display which will make its final stop in their headquarters at Rockefeller Center in New York December 3. Her jewelry is then set to be auctioned off for four days, December 13-16. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

Is there another hollywood glamour girl you base your fashion on? Let us know who you think we should do a feature on next!

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    • Susan MacWilliams
    • September 30, 2011

    Her jewelry is so inspiring. I wish I had the time right now to bead something based on one of these designs.

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    • Teri
    • October 2, 2011

    Thank you for allowing us to get a close view of such amazing pieces! The Taj Mahal necklace…imagine getting that as a birthday present.

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    I can’t tell you how much fun that was to see all those pictures. I can imagine getting such lovely things although I know i am not in that income range. I will be happy with my artsy stuff and delighted to see pictures of the Liz Taylor fabulous pieces.

    • Marissa
    • October 3, 2011

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! Let us know who we should feature for next time!

  3. I am giving a talk about her jewelry in the spring. this was a grea tarticle. the only other place I wil lsee her jewels is in the catalog which I will buy. I undestand there are some pieces that are not too expensiv.It is always fun to lookat big bubbles and ET was one who could wear them well. She was so beautiful and a good person also.

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    • Gus
    • September 8, 2013

    She was the real Queen of diamonds! (RIP dear Elizabeth) Great pictures!

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