Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor Jewellery Auction - Part 4

Continuing our look of Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery

A Belle Epoque Diamond Necklace

Old mine-cut diamonds set in platinum circa 1900. Total length is 16½ inches.
Estimate $25,000-$35,000

*Bell Epoque - French for Beautiful Era. This was a period in European social history tht began during the lat 19th century lasting until WW1. The Belle Epoque was named in retrospect when it was considered a golden age when compared to the horrors of WW1. A comparable epoch in the US was dubbed the Gilded Age.

The Mike Todd Diamond Ear Pendants

Round cut diamonds set in platinum. The original pair of these earrings were purchased on the Place Vendome-the famous Paris jewellery street. They were actually "paste" but Elizabeth loved them. A few months later Mike Todd surprised Elizabeth by having the pair made up with real diamonds.

Estimate $25,000 - $35,000

I sweat real sweat and I shake real shakes.
Elizabeth Taylor

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