Stars shine in Elizabeth Taylor's collection of Bulgari jewellery
Last night, on the 9 February 2013, Bulgari's Rodeo
Drive boutique in Los Angeles came alive with a stellar
congregation of stars. Making the most dramatic entrance was
Julianne Moore wearing Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari emerald and
diamond necklace, which the Italian jeweller acquired at auction in
2011 at Christie's sale of the actress's estate. The necklace alone
sold for close to US$6 million, and the pendant itself sold as a
separate lot for US$6.5 million. The sale of 80 lots, valued at US
$30 million, eventually sold for over US$115 million, giving you an
idea of how sought-after these jewels are.
The impressive necklace, worn by Moore with a simple loose hairstyle and a
bare-shouldered dress, is one of Elizabeth Taylor's most
famous jewels. A highly valuable and well-known emerald necklace
with a detachable pendant, it was part of the emerald parure
collected by Elizabeth Taylor over many years, gifts from her
two-time husband Richard Burton, from Taylor's favourite haunt in
Rome: the Bulgari boutique on via Condotti.
On show at the Roman-themed party were all eight
pieces of Bulgari's Elizabeth Taylor jewellery. This highly
valuable collection includes her first piece of Bulgari jewelry, an
emerald and diamond En Tremblant brooch, as well as the "Cleopatra
Mirror", a gold and turquoise-encrusted mirror commissioned for
Taylor and rumoured to have been a gift for her 30th birthday. Also
shimmering away was the "Taylor Burton fiancée ring", a diamond
brooch with a 23.44ct octagonal step-cut diamond; an emerald and
diamond necklace; a platinum sautoir with diamonds and sapphires; a
'Trombino' ring that Taylor bought to complement the platinum
sautoir; and lastly, one of Taylor's most frequently worn pieces: a
diamond and gold sautoir set with six ancient Roman coins.
Julianne Moore wore Elizabeth Taylor's jewels with panache,
though she didn't go quite as far as the late actress, who wore her
jewels on the red carpet, in the swimming pool and in her films,
making them even more aspirational and loaded with associations.
The most intriguing of Taylor's jewels are those given to her by
Richard Burton, such as the emerald necklace Moore wore, since each
ring and necklace represents a chapter in their tumultuous romance.
Unlike the stars of today, who borrow diamond dazzlers for
the red carpet, Elizabeth Taylor owned all her jewels, which means
we are unlikely to see anything quite like this haul come out of