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Liz Taylor’s jewelry in Moscow

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

Liz Taylor’s jewelry in Moscow

Select highlights from the 269-piece collection went on an eight-city tour including London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong, beginning today an exhibition in Moscow

Liz Taylor’s jewelry in Moscow. A collection of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry was on display in Moscow. From Moscow, the starting point for its world tour, Taylor’s collection will travel to London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and finally New York, its last destination, before it goes on sale at a Christie’s auction in December

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

the 8.24-carat ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels (estimated price $1 million -$1.5 million)

One of the most significant pieces in the collection is the 8.24-carat ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, which Taylor received for Christmas from her lover and twice husband Richard Burton in 1968. Taylor called the ruby in this ring the most perfectly-cut precious stone that she had ever seen.

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

A sequin-embellished dress by Arnold Scaasi that Taylor wore in 1992 during a perfume award ceremony for her White Diamonds fragrance

Apart from her beloved gemstones, Christie’s exhibition showcases a collection of Taylor’s clothes, where each item has its own story. A sequin-embellished dress by Arnold Scaasi that Taylor wore in 1992 during a perfume award ceremony for her White Diamonds fragrance.

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

A woman looks at a poster of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry public exhibition in GUM on Moscow’s Red Square, on September 14, 2011

Bulgari brooch (estimated price $300,000-$500,000)

Bulgari brooch (estimated price $300,000-$500,000)

Taylor’s jewelry passion is best described by Richard Burton’s famous quote: “I introduced Liz to beer, she introduced me to Bulgari.” Burton once said that “Bulgari” was the only Italian word Elizabeth knew. She first discovered Bulgari in 1962 while filming in “Cleopatra” in Rome. “Undeniably, one of the biggest advantages to working on Cleopatra in Rome, was Bulgari’s shop,” Taylor said in her book “My Love Affair with Jewelry.”

diamond and ruby earrings (estimated price $7,000-$9,000)

diamond and ruby earrings (estimated price $7,000-$9,000)

Diamond chandelier earrings by Bulgari (estimated price $150,000 -$200,000)

Diamond chandelier earrings by Bulgari (estimated price $150,000 -$200,000)

diamond-and-sapphire set by Mouawad (estimated price $120,000-$150,000)

diamond-and-sapphire set by Mouawad (estimated price $120,000-$150,000)

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

Elizabeth Taylor’s $120,000 – 180,000 necklace and $25,000-35,000 earrings from the set of diamond and gold ‘Barquerolles’ jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, a gift from Richard Burton

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

Elizabeth Taylor’s earrings are displayed at a public exhibition in GUM on Moscow’s Red Square, on September 14, 2011, shortly after the exhibition opening

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry public exhibition  in GUM on Moscow's Red Square, on September 14, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry public exhibition in GUM on Moscow’s Red Square, on September 14, 2011

Night of Iguana brooch (estimated price $200,000-$300,000)

Night of Iguana brooch (estimated price $200,000-$300,000)

Versace bolero, decorated with Greek profiles

Versace bolero, decorated with Greek profiles

Taylor had several boleros in her collection that were embellished with her sequin-made portraits and ancient profiles. She wore this one during a charity event for her AIDS foundation in 1992.

Liz Taylor's jewelry in Moscow

You can’t cry on a diamond’s shoulder and diamonds won’t keep you warm at night. But they are sure fun when the sun shines. Elizabeth Taylor

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