Elizabeth Taylor, Diamonds

Stories of Intrigue: Elizabeth Taylor & Diamonds

by Kat Morrow

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Elizabeth Taylor was arguably one of the world’s most beautiful women.  She was known for her beauty, passion for her art, love of diamonds, commitment to AIDS causes, and tempestuous relationship with the equally notable Richard Burton. Their love story made many a tabloid headline, for they couldn’t live with and couldn’t live without each other. He showed his deep obsession for her by showering her with large and exquisite diamonds set in extraordinary jewelry pieces.

How legendary was she to have one of the world’s most famous and epic diamonds named after her?

This is the story of that woman, that diamond – originally known as the Krupp Diamond – which came to be known as the “Burton-Taylor Diamond.” This diamond is 33.19 Carats in weight, D in color, which is the highest color grade on the scale, and “potentially internally flawless.” Burton paid a high price of $305,000 in 1968 for this diamond, but after Elizabeth’s death in 2011, the ring sold for $8.8 million by Christie’s Auction House, which aptly renamed the diamond “The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.”  No doubt, the incredible increase in value was due not only to current market values at the time of sale but, more notably, because of its history and former owner. 

No one could wear it better than Elizabeth did!

Click to read more about the “Krupp Diamond to Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.”

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