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Jewelry Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies


Legendary film star Elizabeth Taylor, who died March 23 at age 79 of congestive heart failure, was a fervent jewelry enthusiast and, for a brief time, jewelry entrepreneur.

In 2002, the two-time Oscar-winning actress authored My Love Affair With Jewelry, a coffee-table book which displayed her extensive collection of famous gems.

“The important thing to know about jewelry is that you never really own it; you’re simply a custodian of beautiful things,” Taylor said in a 2007 interview with JCK. “Jewelry is something that strikes a chord in you, or it doesn’t. But that chord can set you all a-quiver.”

The 69.42 ct Burton Taylor Diamond

The 69.42 carat pear-shaped Burton Taylor Diamond, given to her in 1969, became one of the most famous jewels in history, and was the basis of a Here’s Lucy episode.

She also owned the 33 carat Krupp diamond which she gushed about in a February interview with Kim Kardashian for the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “The Krupp is an extraordinary stone,” Taylor said. “It has such life and brilliance when light shines through it. Size does matter, but so does the size of the emotion behind it.”

In 2005, Taylor founded the House of Taylor jewelry company along with Kathy Ireland, but left it three years later.

More successful were her many jewelry auctions for charity. A 2002 benefit auction at Christie’s raised $258,000 for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Among the items for sale: an $80,000 emerald and diamond ring she had received from Richard Burton as an engagement gift in 1962.  The year before, she hosted the “A Diamond Is Forever: Cinema Against Aids 2001″ auction at the Cannes Film Festival, to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).

ORIGINAL POST from www.jckonline.com dated March 23, 2011, Pix: http://www.nytimes.com

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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City, USA. I hold an MBA degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar (Burma) in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines, and Mogok, the world’s famous rubies and sapphires mines in upper Burma, with my second son. Three of my children are also Graduate Gemologist, GIA, NYC and they deal in diamonds, gemstones and jade. 我是在美国纽约市的美国宝石学院(GIA)接受过培训的宝石研究学家。 我拥有英国克兰菲尔德大学的工商管理硕士学位和数学学士学位。我以前的职业是银行家,直到90年代初我在缅甸接触到玉石。我曾经和我的次子一起去过缅甸上流传说中的哈帕翡翠矿山和莫谷矿山, 莫谷矿山是世界上著名的红宝石和蓝宝石矿山。我的三个孩子都是纽约市GIA毕业的宝石研究学家, 他们专门处理钻石,宝石和玉石.


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