Tribute to a Legend

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Few have had the courage to pull off magnificent jewels like Elizabeth Taylor. She died today, Wednesday March 23 at age 79 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here in Los Angeles.

In her wake she leaves a legacy of films she helped to make extraordinary including Cleopatra, A Place in the Sun, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and National Velvet.

In addition to her films, she leaves a legacy of jewels, thanks in large part to Richard Burton who was twice her husband and showered her with important gems. These include most notably, the Taylor-Burton diamond, a 69.42 carat D flawless (!) pear-shape diamond. When she wore it to Princess Grace’s birthday party, she and Mr. Burton had to be accompanied by armed guards. In 1978, she sold the diamond for 5 million and used proceeds to build a hospital in Botswana.

Richard Burton also bought for her a 33.19 carat Asscher cut diamond, known as the Krupp Diamond. It was set into a ring with tapered baguettes and can be seen on her finger in many of her later films.

Elizabeth also received from Richard a heart shaped diamond known as the Taj Mahal (so named because he could not buy her the actual Taj Mahal).

According to Richard, “Diamonds are an investment.” Elizabeth, who named her fragrance line White Diamonds famously said in her ads “These have always brought me luck.”

INTA Gems and Diamonds is located in the LA Diamond District in Downtown Los Angeles. We carry a large selection of Loose Diamonds, Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands and Gemstones.
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