She will be remembered not just for her film achievements but her flamboyant life. She loved the many men in her life but she also loved jewels and fine jewelry.
She explained her life long love of huge sparkling gems, "My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked."
The men in her life understood her love for serious bling and took every excuse to please her. She said in her book, "I mean, how many young women get a set of rubies just for doing something wholesome like swimming laps? Or win a diamond ring at Ping-Pong with their husband...? Well, I did, and for all of these memories and the people in my life I feel blessed."
|Burton and Taylor in "Cleopatra" via Wikipedia|
Burton not only enjoyed buying his wife jewelry, he also appreciated and selected historical pieces. One of her best known jewels is the La Peregrina pearl which dates back 500 years. See my past historical post on Elizabeth Taylor's La Peregrina Pearl. That pearl nearly became a dog snack!
She said in her book, "I'm fortunate to have some very important pieces of jewelry. I don't believe I own any of the pieces. I believe that I am their custodian, here to enjoy them, to give them the best treatment in the world, to watch after their safety, and to love them."
Love them? She certainly did.
|Ruby and Diamond Necklace|
|Diamond Earrings circa 1830|
|Emerald and Diamond Necklace by Bulgari|
|Sapphire and Diamond Necklace|
|Sapphire Sugarloaf Cabochon and Diamond Necklace|
|Ruby and Diamond Earrings|
Before You Go :
- Historical Jewelry at the 82nd Academy Awards
- Madeleine Albright's Famous Political Pin Collection
- How to Make Kate Hudson's Cartier Inspired Sautoir Necklace
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