Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Big Girls Need Big Diamonds

Elizabeth Taylor, who died of congestive heart failure today at 79, was synonymous with jewelry and the embodiment of modern celebrity glamour. According to Taylor, “big girls need big diamonds." She had them.

Over the years Elizabeth Taylor owned a number of well-known pieces, two of the most talked-about being the 33.19-carat (6.64 g) Krupp Diamond and the 69.42-carat (13.88 g) pear-shaped Taylor-Burton Diamond, which were among many gifts from husband Richard Burton. For her 40th birthday in 1972, Burton gave her a heart-shaped diamond known as the Taj-Mahal. "I would have liked to buy her the Taj-Mahal," he remarked, "but it would cost too much to transport. This diamond has so many carats, its almost a turnip." Her book Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry celebrates her jewelry collection, considered by many to be among the finest in the world.

Taylor said she saw jewels as an expression of "God's workmanship," and was fascinated by their perfection. “In truth, we 'owners' are just the caretakers. Nobody owns beautiful paintings. Nobody ever owns anything that is beautiful. We are only the guardians." Legenary for her acting, romances, humanitarian efforts and business endeavors, the lasting image of Elizabeth Taylor is accentuated by fabulous jewelry.