From an early age Elizabeth Taylor has loved jewellery and she wears it with a style all her own. Her collection has been appraised as one of the best private collections in the world, and includes pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari, Ruser and Schlumberger. Once when she was asked why she had so many diamonds, she replied, "because ...
From an early age Elizabeth Taylor has loved jewellery and she wears it with a style all her own. Her collection has been appraised as one of the best private collections in the world, and includes pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bulgari, Ruser and Schlumberger. Once when she was asked why she had so many diamonds, she replied, "because they are my passion". The story of her jewellery illuminates her life: her romances with Mike Todd and Richard Burton; her friendships with Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowell, Michael Jackson and others; and her triumphs and her setbacks. It also recalls a time when Hollywood represented royalty, American style. Each of the 14 chapters opens with a story about Miss Taylor, told in the first person. Each features portraits of the jewels in over 100 specially commissioned photographs, and shows Miss Taylor wearing the jewellery. Each story marks an episode in her extraordinary life and is told in an informal, intimate style.
Couldn't believe I finally got my hands on this book at a truly great price thanks to alibris sellers. The photos and stories included in the book are very beautiful and entertaining. It so nice to be a part of knowing about the beautiful jewellery Elizabeth Taylor owned and the stories about acquiring them. I am so pleased I now have it in my possession, just a shame the jewels didn't come with it.
May 13, 2013
Always wanted this book am really thrilled with contents exactly what I had hoped for. For any Elizabeth Taylor fan its a lovely insight into her as a feeling human being sharing her memories with almost living jewelry
Publishers Weekly, 2002-08-26 Taylor has presumably had love affairs with many things over the course of her illustrious life. Her acting career might be one, and her seven husbands might be others. But perhaps her one constant love affair is the lifelong one she's had with baubles, bangles and beads. In this dazzling book, Taylor shows off her collection, complementing the gorgeous color photographs with snippets about the provenance of each piece. "I mean, how many young women get a set of rubies just for doing something wholesome like swimming laps? Or win a diamond ring at Ping-Pong with their husband...? Well, I did, and for all of these memories and the people in my life I feel blessed," Taylor writes. She then launches into descriptions of the "glorious" ruby and diamond Cartier necklace from Mike Todd, the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond from Richard Burton ("When it came up for auction in the late 1960s, I thought how perfect it would be if a nice Jewish girl like me were to own it") and a crystal and diamond lily of the valley brooch from Rex Harrison ("You're the stingiest man alive," Taylor told Harrison, "...your giving me this pin would be doubly important because it would signify a personal triumph over your naturally stingy nature"). The photographs, many never before published, are a mix of catalogue-type photos and shots of Taylor wearing the items, creating not only a tremendous feast for the eyes but an entertaining waltz through a Hollywood icon's decadent life. (On sale Sept. 30) Forecast: A party hosted by InStyle magazine at Christie's (which will include a charity auction), a Christie's exhibit highlighting Taylor's collection, a first serial in InStyle and interviews on 20/20 and Good Morning America will jump-start sales, which will surely heighten in December. This is a perfect gift book; few readers will plunk down $65 for themselves. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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