Historic, iconic, storied and even landmark are words that have all been used to described the collection of Elizabeth Taylor jewels.
Categorized as 'vintage' her acquired collection of show-stopper diamonds
, garlands of emeralds
and an historically important pearl, hold insight into her professionally charmed silver-screen life as well as her passionate love-life.
Both of which combined have made her one of the most iconic Hollywood figures.
From the besotted indulgence of the high-value gifts from her lover and then twice-husband Richard Burton to the magnanimous offerings of her husband Mike Todd, every pendant, earring and ring tells a story that is potentially worth more in their charming, whimsical and romantic tales of folly than the carats they are loaded with.
“I never, never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home.” – Elizabeth Taylor
And that they did!
Setting a record as the most valuable jewellery
auction in history as 'The Legendary Jewels Evening Sale' achieved US$115,932,000 over the 4 day (13-16 December 2011) series of landmark auctions devoted to the iconic Elizabeth Taylor.
Many of the Christie's bidders and buyers claimed silence to the prices they paid and archival jewels they purchased.
However, the seeming reincarnation of Liz - Hollywood reality TV show actress ,Kim Kardashian was generous with the information she passed on to 'press' in regards to her New York action attendance...
“Elizabeth Taylor was an idol of mine and I’m honored to now own something from her collection
,” said Kim. "The Lorraine Schwartz jade bracelets are special because jade transfers energy, so I will cherish these bracelets with her energy in them for the rest of my life!"
Worth more $115.9 million ,the vintage jewellery
by Lorraine Schwartz was added to Kim's collection which already includes an 18-carat blackened gold necklace that had 120 carats of diamonds, 70-carat emerald-and-diamond earrings and 150 carats of emeralds which reside valued at over 4 million dollars.
Kim, at 31 years old and with only 1 divorce up her sleeve has still got some catching up to do to match the intriguing collections, of both men and jewels, that Elizabeth Taylor is known for.
Hollywood glam, while wholly attainable by very few in reality, is a classic trend that despite social and professional holdings, is attainable by all!
Modern on-line boutiques by the likes of Net-A-Porter and ASOS offer enchanting pieces of 'vintage' jewellery to the more modest of buyer, keeping the classic trend attainable and forever fashionable.
The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond is a rare D color (Type IIa) VS1 clarity diamond weighing 33.19 carats. The stone was a gift from Richard Burton, who purchased it in 1968 for $300,000.
Fancy Vivid Yellow dia ring & Emerald cut diamond ring
Characterized as anything from the 1920’s to the 1980’s - vintage jewellery, in particular, the opulent Hollywood styled jewels, come as bold as they are colourful.
Usually paying tribute to a singular centered precious gem
(ruby, emerald, sapphire) diamonds encrust the bright stone in a manner that frames it, elevating it's largeness and boldness.
Liz Taylor and Kim Kardashian are not the only fan's of vintage 'Hollywood' jewellery. The Red Carpet runs heavy with jewels and their history every year!
As do high society balls, weddings, graduation events... Vintage jewellery is not a passing trend, but almost a story that moves from generation, to social level, and everywhere in-between.