For those of you who don’t know, or may not be into jewelry like we are here at JBR, Elizabeth Taylor’s most famous jewels will be going up for auction in December! While mere mortals may not be able to afford such items, Christie’s, the brokerage in charge of the estate, has set up a tour of five cities where we can all walk thru and see these little gems for ourselves….although if you know anything about Taylor’s jewelry, it is anything but little!
The tour is currently ending its stateside run in L.A. where tickets were limited, those people who were able to purchase them can count themselves amongst the lucky ones. Even after additional time slots had been made available, it was hard to get in to see them.
Some of Taylor’s most iconic jewelry is up or auction. Most notably is her 32 carat diamond ring; given to her by the love of her life, Richard Burton. It seems sad in a way, to have such a piece of American cinematic history sold away, but that is the way it goes. At least a portion of the proceeds will be going to support the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
The story behind the Taylor-Burton diamond is that one day Elizabeth came home and Burton told her how much he loved her and surprised her with the ring. Their love affair was anything but storybook. They often fought and divorced twice, although after the first divorce they got re-married a few years later it never really lasted. Elizabeth said later in her life that Burton was one of her husbands that she truly loved, and that in a way she never got over the loved that they shared.
 
Burton in turn loved to shower Taylor with expensive and rare jewelry, the more rare the better suited for Elizabeth. It is amazing to think that he put so much thought and effort into the things that he gave her, trying to match the pieces to her personality. Another piece that is up for auction the Taj Mahal diamond.
A gift from Richard Burton, for Elizabeth Taylor’s 40th birthday. The history behind it is fairy tale, on thejewelryeditor.com it says this about the necklace, “Inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahangir, this heart-shaped diamond is believed to have been a gift from the ruler to his son, who became the great emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666). At the age of 35, it is believed that the young prince presented the diamond to his favorite and most beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal. The emperor’s grief at her death just four years later was legendary – in her memory he commissioned the majestic Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the world. Richard Burton was captivated by the history and significance of this special diamond, and gave it to Elizabeth to mark her 40th birthday.”
If you have a chance try and check out the next leg of the tour, which is going world wide before ending in New York. Even if you can’t make it to the tour we highly recommend reading Elizabeth Taylor’s “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” The book tells the story behind all her pieces and makes them come to life. It is great is you are a jewelry lover, Elizabeth Taylor fan, or just someone who has a penchant for things that sparkle.
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