Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Girls Wear Big Diamonds



There has recently been a lot of media attention given to the auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection. This is partially due to the fact that Ms. Taylor’s collection is incredible. The most incredible part is how she managed to acquire such spectacular jewels during the course of her life. Now I’m not saying that Elizabeth Taylor is not immensely wealthy, far from it, she is after all a movie screen legend. I guess it’s just that I never thought of Elizabeth Taylor as having such a vast fortune that investing in a jewelry collection of such notoriety would be something her accountants would stay out of, although her accountants may have adamantly advised against these types of large investments in jewelry.

The Taj Mahal Diamond, given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor was not only an avid collector; she also owned some of the most sought after gems in the world. Case in point, the La Peregrina pearl necklace, this pearl necklace is credited with giving a slave his freedom, passing between various members of European royalty and finally adorning the neck of a screen legend. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal this necklace has been immortalized in royal portraits and painting by Goya and Velazquez. Not many pieces of jewelry can lay claim to this level of distinction. This is the interesting part about Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection, it is not only stunning, expensive, and exclusive, it also contains pieces that were worn by royalty or have provenance associated with it.

Gabrielle Bruni Collection white diamond earrings

While many people love these beautiful and unusual pieces of jewelry, I was dazzled when a Cartier exhibit came to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Few people will own such elaborate pieces which will only add to its mythical properties. I’m sure all those doubting accountants will get their comeuppance when these gems sell for astronomical prices at auction. For the rest of us mere mortals, we will have to be happy with gazing at these various jewels displayed under bullet proof glass. This will only be possible if the pieces are purchased and displayed in a museum, not purchased by a private collector who will only wear them to elaborate functions. We will have to wait and see.

Don't forget the matching ring!

Reality can be a bummer, but not always. My reality currently includes a few well chosen pieces that have diamonds and/or gemstone. I don’t have to own the La Peregrina pearl necklace to be happy. There are so many beautiful and obtainable pieces of jewelry out there I’m not too miserable. Besides, where would I wear a necklace of that caliber, to the grocery store? Unless a person has a red carpet event to regularly attend these types of unusual pieces would languish in a vault somewhere and isn’t that a waste? Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed. So find what you love, wear it and enjoy and don’t worry if it’s not famous, I know I can enjoy my jewelry even if it was only owned by me.

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