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
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.
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.
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.”
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.