Saturday, December 3, 2011

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

I will be attending the preview of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels next week and will be looking for a particular diamond...

New York Times: A part of Indian history is being auctioned off on December 13th in New York City when the late Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewelry will be up for bidding at Christie’s: the Taj Mahal diamond from 1627. Taylor received the stone, which is set as pendant, as a gift on her 40th birthday in 1972 from Richard Burton, whom she was married to at the time. Burton bought it from Cartier for 350,000 pounds, and Taylor had the jeweler replace its original silk chord with an adjustable diamond and ruby chain.
Though the gem is associated with one of the most famous marriages of this century- the one of Burton and Taylor, its provenance goes back to one of the greatest love stories in history. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahangir gave it to his son Shah Jahan who in turn gifted it to his favorite wife Mumtaz-i-Mahal and later built the Taj Mahal in her honor. Read more here.

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