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20/06/2019

Three of Elizabeth Taylor’s Legendary Jewels

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Elizabeth Taylor never needed to borrow jewellery for the Academy Awards. Her husbands gave her gems for any and every occasion — even to celebrate the days of the week. Richard Burton used to joke that the only word she knew in Italian was Bulgari.

“I’ve never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.”

So many famous pieces, but perhaps la Peregrina is the most famous. It is 500 years old and one of the largest and most perfectly symmetrical pear-shaped pearls in the world. Mary 1 of England wore it and Velasquez painted it. Joseph Bonaparte fled with it after the Battle of Vitoria and left it to his nephew, the future Napoleon III. It was lost down a sofa at Windsor Castle and at a ball in Buckingham Palace — and after Richard Burton gave it to Elizabeth Taylor for Valentine’s Day 1969 it was dropped on the floor and her Pekingese puppy picked it up and chewed it before it was rescued!

“You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder, and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night, but they’re sure fun when the sun shines.”

The year before, Burton had bought her the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, now known as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond, from Harry Winston, an Asscher-cut stone probably from the Goldconda Mine in India. Elizabeth Taylor called it her favourite piece of jewellery and wore it as a ring. In fact it was probably the ring that Princess Margaret called vulgar — Taylor gave it to her to try on and apparently said “Not so vulgar when you’re wearing it!” The piece now belongs to a South Korean conglomerate.

“Big girls need big diamonds.”

The 68-carat Taylor-Burton or Cartier or Cartier-Burton Diamond is a stunning pear-shape, which Elizabeth Taylor initially wore in a ring, but then added to a necklace to cover her tracheotomy scar. Since her insurance policy decreed she could only wear it for 30 days a year when accompanied by armed guards, she had a replica made. And Robert Mouawad has owned the stone since 1979.

Another thing Elizabeth Taylor said was “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”

That’s true, and if you want a piece to love and cherish, come to Diamonds by Design.

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