"Big girls need big diamonds."
So sad this week, learning that Elizabeth Taylor had passed away. I adored her - not that that's a surprise. My love of Things That Are Fabulous is well documented.
Elizabeth Taylor was Hollywood royalty, and I thought we'd pay tribute to her this week by flashing back to her very real royal connections. I mean, if you hang around in the movie business as long as she did, you're bound to rack up the royal meet-and-greets.
Do you know the Princess Margaret story?
Burton also gave Taylor a 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond, which was thus known as the Taylor-Burton diamond. (Are special finger exercises required to wear this ring, do you think?)
Le sigh. They don't make 'em like that any more. And they certainly don't make jewel stashes like hers anymore, either. She had a collection that could easily rival some of the royal houses in size, and some of her pieces had serious royal connections:
The Grand Duchess Vladimir Suite
The Prince of Wales Insignia Brooch
According to Liz herself, her jewels should be auctioned off after her death to benefit AIDS research. One last good deed from a great lady, may she rest in peace.
"I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it."