The collection of Elizabeth Taylor

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: October 6th, 2011

A few restful days after London Fashion Week, I had the pleasure to visit The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition at Christie’s in London which was opened to the public for three short days, before touring to the next city the exhibition offered an insight into the private collection of Hollywood’s most glamourous star which features her jewels, fashion and art.  One of the most anticipated auctions in history and will be offered at a series of sales in New York and London from December onwards, as an avid fine jewellery fan I was there to view the rarely seen ‘The Crown Jewels of Hollywood’ – Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, one of a kind creations.  With an exceptional great taste the storied collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.

(Left): La Peregrina – One of the most important, historic pearls in the world.  Discovered in the 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, the pear shaped pearl became part of the crown jewels of Spain, Richard Burton famously purchased the pearl for Elizabeth Taylor at auction in 1969 for $37,000.  (Right): The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond – This 33.19 carats ring was a gift from Richard Burton in 1968, worn everyday in her life, probably one of the biggest diamond in the world.

An Art Nouveau enamel and multi-gem brooch by Boucheron.

(Left):  A pair emerald and diamond ear pendants by Kutchinsky.  (Right): The Mike Todd antique diamond tiara.

(Left): The Cartier Ruby Suite.  (Right): The Taj Mahal Diamond – This heart shaped diamond is believed to have been a gift from the ruler Emperor Shah Jahan.  At the age of 35, it is believed that the young prince presented the diamond to his beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal.  The Emperor’s grief at her death just four years later was – in her memory he commissioned the majestic Taj Mahal – one of the seven wonders of the wold.

Tour dates and locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor.

Los Angeles: October 13, 14, 15 and 16 at MOCA Pacific Design Centre.

Dubai: October 23 at Emirates Tower Hotel.

Geneva: November 11 and 12 at Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues.

Paris: November 16 and 17 at Christie’s Paris.

Hong Kong: November 24, 25, 26 and 27 at Hong Kong Convention Centre.

New York: December 3-12 at Christie’s New York.


Kit Lee, Style Slicker



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 Hanging On By One Fine Thread

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 6th, 2010

When I spoke to one of It’s My Time‘s UK finalists, Soraya, she was very proud to point out that her style was very much influenced by her Ghanian roots.

I was really inspired by the fact that she actively supports Ghana artisanal crafts by going back regularly to have clothes made up or to buy pieces of locally made jewellery.

It almost puts my own complete disconnection with local artisans in Hong Kong where I’m originally from completely to shame but then again, they’re two entirely different cultures.

Which brings me to jewellery connoisseur Anna Haber’s venture One Fine Thread, a website which aims to highlight the global traditions of craftsmanship and ancient skills that are slowly becoming extinct due to the rise of mass production.

After encountering bushmen of the Kalahari in Botswana (through the model Lily Cole funnily enough!), Haber wanted to create awareness of the Bushmen and their specific craft of jewellery made out of ostrich egg shells. The range entitled the ‘Desert of the Kalahari‘ was quickly snapped up by super boutiques such as Dover Street market and shot for Vogue. The new collection shown here photographed BEAUTIFULLY by photographer Boo George, is a collaborative effort between jeweller Sabine Roemer and the Bushmen.

By applying traditional techniques to a fashion-led collection, comes a stunning alchemy that really showcases the ostrich egg shell beads which are coloured by frying and roasting. Porcupine quills are also used as well along with more conventional materials like silver, velvet and satin to make these beautiful pieces that I would wear in a heartbeat.

I may not have reconciled my own problems with incorporating my own culture into my personal style in the same way that Soraya has but I’m definitely intrigued by the fusion of age-old tradition of global cultures together with contemporary fashion as exemplified perfectly by One Fine Thread’s ventures.

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