Elizabeth Taylor: One of the most famous jewelry collectors of all time

September 4, 2020

It is unanimously agreed that actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011) was regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful women. But did you know that she was also the owner of an extensive collection of some of the most beautiful jewels ever as well?

In 2011, her collection was sold at Christie’s (New York) and raised approximately £74.9 million. Amongst the rarest pieces were some designed by Bulgari, David Webb, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Below is a sample of some of the marvelous jewels found in Elizabeth Taylor’s collection:


A pair of emerald-and-diamond ear pendants, by Bulgari, 1960, gift from Richard Burton
A gold-and-multi-gem charm bracelet
An ivory-and-gold necklace, gift from Edith Head
The Mike Todd diamond ear pendants, 1957
A pair of diamond-and-ruby ear pendants, by Cartier, gift from Mike Todd
A ruby-and-diamond necklace, by Cartier, gift from Mike Todd
An emerald-and-diamond flower brooch, by Bulgari, 1960, gift from Richard Burton
An emerald-and-diamond ring, by Bulgari, 1962, gift from Richard Burton


An emerald-and-diamond pendant brooch, by Bulgari, 1958, gift from Richard Burton


A pair of diamond-and-cultured-pearl ear pendants, by Ruser, c. 1960


The Night of the Iguana brooch, by Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., 1964, gift from Richard Burton


The daisy parure, by Van Cleef & Arpels, c. 1990–93
A titanium evening bag with diamonds, rubies, and cultured pearls, gift from Michael Jackson


The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, gift from Richard Burton

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