Elizabeth Taylor‘s passing is top news today, and here at Portero we’re sad not only for the death of a great actress and activist, but one of the world’s foremost jewelry connoisseurs. Her book, “My Love Affair With Jewelry,” is one of my all-time favorite compilations on the subject. The coffee table tome talks in-depth about the pieces her stunning collection, but also about the stories behind the jewels. If you’re a fan of all that glitters, I highly recommend making the purchase.
Elizabeth was a fan of jewelry throughout her entire life, as evidenced by pictures of her wearing multiple pieces at once at events, on vacation, and in her films. Cleopatra is a must-see, if not for the romance between she and Richard Burton that took place during filming, then for the spectacular costumes and jewels that are worn throughout. She owned some of the most unbelievable gems on earth, including the Krupp Diamond, La Peregrina (pearl) and the Taylor-Burton diamond, so named after it was purchased for her.
So, in tribute to Ms. Taylor, here is the legend wearing just a few of her prized 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.”
Cartier rubies and diamonds
The Krupp Diamond
The Taylor-Burton Diamond