Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry

Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry


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ISBN-13: 9780743254380
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/25/2003
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 10.22(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is the star of more than fifty-five films, among them National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Cleopatra. For nearly two decades, she has been a leader in AIDS activism, including her founding role in the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), and establishment of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). She has also been an extraordinarily successful businesswoman with her bestselling line of fragrances. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in the year 2000. In 1987, France bestowed upon her its most prestigious award, the Legion d'Honneur, and in 2001 President Clinton recognized her with the Presidential Citizen's Medal. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, and in 1993 she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her work on behalf of AIDS. She also received the BAFTA Fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Ails, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Elizabeth Taylor lives in Bel-Air, California. She has four children, ten grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild...so far.

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"I can't deny that Richard gave me some spectacular gifts on birthdays and Christmas, but in truth he was so romantic that he'd use any excuse to give me a piece of jewelry. He'd give me 'It's Tuesday, I love you' presents. 'It's a beautiful day' presents. 'Let's go for a walk, I want to buy you something' presents. Over the years I've come to think of these as my 'It's Tuesday, I love you' jewelry. And I never knew when he would come up with the most extraordinary ring or something very sweet and simple."

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"In 1977, I received the Hasty Pudding Award from Harvard and I wore this wonderful hunk of emerald on a pearl necklace with onyx and coral. I had it on with a very simple suit. The necklace hits just below the navel. I was in a room and there was a bunch of young guys below, on the sidewalk. When I leaned out of the window to say hi, my necklace leaned out with me. I waved to them, kind of chatting with them, and before long I was getting pretty cold. Just as I was saying good-bye a part of the necklace caught on the windowsill, the string broke, and pearls showered through the air, spiraling down below. I could practically see them spinning in the air. All at once there was a twinkle of coral, another twinkle of onyx, and more twinkles of pearls landing on the snow. Luckily, the big piece of emerald was in my hand. Otherwise, that would have been history.

"'Oh my God,' I said, 'Hey guys — look!' And I showed them the torn string. 'Do you think you could do me a massive favor, please? Could you possibly help find some of my pearls? I see some of them on the red tile, there's some over on the snow. I think I saw some of them bounce down the stairs.' I sort of directed them which way to go. Well, these guys were on their hands and knees, scrambling around in the freezing weather. And one of them yelled up that they thought they'd found everything and could they bring it up. 'My God, yes,' I said. So they came up to the room, and you know, they had found every single pearl, every single piece of jet, every piece of coral — everything. I had the necklace restrung and I didn't have to have anything replaced. It's in perfect shape."

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Table of Contents

Note to the Reader10
Really and Truly My Very First Piece of Jewelry--and I Bought It12
A Charmed Life14
Gold charm bracelet with 30 charms
Gold charm bracelet with 12 charms
Gold charm bracelet with 20 charms
Gold charm bracelet with 19 antique seals
Sixteen gold bangle bracelets
Group of gem-set, gold and silver cruciform, and Star of David pendants on chains
The Legacy of Love28
Ruby and diamond necklace
Ruby and diamond bracelet
Pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants
The Mike Todd diamond ear pendants
Belle Epoque diamond necklace
The Mike Todd diamond tiara
My Baby: 33 Carats and Growing48
The Krupp diamond
It's Tuesday, I Love You54
Emerald and diamond brooch
Emerald and diamond ring
Emerald and diamond necklace
Pair of emerald and diamond ear pendants
Emerald and diamond bracelet
Emerald and diamond ring
Emerald and diamond "zigzag" bracelet
Emerald and diamond flower brooch
I Feel as Though I'm Only the Custodian of My Jewelry72
The Taj Mahal diamond
The King Farouk bracelet
Belle Epoque diamond bow brooch
Antique ruby and diamond locket
La Peregrina pearl and natural pearl, ruby, and diamond necklace
The Taylor Burton diamond
A Touch of Class98
Diamond "Prince of Wales" brooch
First a Broad, Now a Dame The Most Enctting Day of My Lief101
Pair of coral, diamond, yellow sapphire, and cultured pearl ear pendants
Pair of emerald and diamond ear pendants
A Passion for Diamonds110
Pair of diamond and yellow diamond ear pendants
Diamond and yellow diamond ring
Diamond and colored diamond flower brooch
Sapphire and diamond camellia brooch
The Perelman bracelet
Diamond heart-shaped pendant necklace
Suite of diamond and pink diamond double heart jewelry
Diamond and multicolored sapphire butterfly brooch
Pair of sapphire, diamond, and cultured pearl ear clips
Sapphire and diamond orchid brooch
Diamond line necklace
The wedding diamond ear pendants
I Love Art Deco128
Art Deco emerald, coral, onyx, natural pearl, and diamond sautoir
Art Deco rock crystal, diamond, and enamel pendant watch
Sapphire and diamond sautoir
Sugarloaf cabochon sapphire and diamond "trombino" ring
Pair of diamond and invisibly set sapphire ear pendants
Art Deco diamond bow brooch
Sapphire and diamond bracelet watch
Michael Jackson--A Precious Friend140
Suite of diamond, emerald, and ruby "monkey" jewelry
Diamond and sapphire ring
Titanium, diamond, cultured pearl, and ruby evening bag
Emerald and diamond necklace
Diamond bow brooch
The Michael Jackson diamond bracelet
Diamond bracelet watch
My Own Private Zoo148
Cultured pearl, diamond: and emerald lion bracelet
Cultured pearl, diamond, and emerald lion necklace
Opal clamshell and diamond starfish pendant
The Night of the Iguana brooch
Art Nouveau plique-a-jour enamel and gem-set butterfly brooch
Plique-a-jour enamel and diamond butterfly brooch
Four plique-a-jour enamel and gem-set dragonfly brooches
Enamel, diamond, and ruby serpent bangle bracelet
Diamond, emerald, and gold serpent bangle watch
Enamel, diamond, and ruby horse bangle bracelet
Enamel, diamond, and ruby serpent bangle bracelet
Coral, diamond, and emerald lion bangle bracelet
Gold, emerald, and diamond chimera bangle bracelet
Red is for Wales--and Richard Burton166
Ruby and diamond ring
Antique sapphire and diamond brooch
Sapphire and diamond blackamoor brooch
The Ping-Pong diamond ring
Suite of amethyst, kunzite, and diamond jewelry
Suite of coral, amethyst, and diamond jewelry
Coral, amethyst, and diamond bracelet
Pan of coral, amethyst, and diamond ear pendants
Coal, amethyst, and diamond Maltese Cross pendant necklace
Coral, amethyst, and diamond tassel necklace
Set of coral and diamond jewelry
Belle Epoque ruby and diamond bracelet
The Burton diamond brooch
The Burton cognae diamond car pendants
The Burton cognae diamond ring
Art Nouveau enamel, glass, and pearl brooch
Antique natural pearl and diamond necklace
Family Life188
The granny necklace and ear pendants
Pair of diamond tassel ear pendants
Art Deco sapphire and diamond bracelet
The Highlander and I194
Enamel, colored gold, and moonstone egg pendant
Paper jewelry pearl and gold suite
Pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants
Ruby and diamond horse brooch
Ruby and diamond bracelet
A Gallery of Good Times202
Pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants
South Sea pearl and diamond ring
Pair of South Sea cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants
Pair of black cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants
Gray baroque cultured pearl and diamond necklace
South Sea cultured pearl necklace
Pair of cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants
Gold and ivory necklace
Nephrite, rock crystal, and diamond lily of the valley brooch
Set of rock crystal and diamond jewelry
Suite of rock crystal and diamond jewelry
Diamond and gold pendant necklace
Pair of turquoise and diamond ear pendants
Turquoise, diamond, and gold bracelet
Suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry
Antique diamond flower necklace
Pair of antique diamond ear pendants
Coral, sapphire, diamond, and enamel brooch
The daisy parure
Index of Jewelry230

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Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
beadinggem on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Elizabeth may have changed husbands but the one enduring love in her life are her jewels. This book highlights her famous and fabulous collection with beautiful photos and interesting tidbits. The two men, Mike Todd and Richard Burton, who were the loves of her life, also gave her the most stunning jewelry. Besides the Krupp diamond ring that everyone knows about, Richard Burton loved giving her jewelry with historical provenances (known to be owned by famous historical figures). Like the La Peregrina Pearl which one of her dogs almost swallowed! And the cabochon diamond pendant from the Mughal rulers of India. The style of jewelry she prefers includes the diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies glitteringly set which may not appeal to those who like less dazzling jewelry.