Sunday, 25 September 2011

LIZ TAYLOR: The Taj Mahal Diamond

I have finally visited the exhibition at Christie's London today!, even though the arrangement was quite poor and the pieces were hard to see, I have to admit that the jewels are even more fabulous than I had imagined, not just for the exceptional stones but more remarkably for their design and craftsmanship. Liz Taylor treasured perfection and her collection is a great reflection of her taste. One can only think that it will be a shame that in a couple of months, it will be torn apart as each piece will probably to a different part of the world and will never be seen together again.

The pendant above is the Taj Mahal diamond, set in a gold and ruby necklace made by Cartier, the pendant stone is a heart shaped diamond engraved with the name Nur Jahan the mother of a great Mughal emperor who gave the stone to his favourite wife in 1627, Mumtaz-i-Mahal. When she died, only four years later, the grief of the emperor was so deep that he commissioned the Taj Mahal to remember her. Richard Burton was captivated by the story as well as the piece and he gave it to Elizabeth Taylor as a present on her 40th birthday in 1972.

Christie's Images Ltd, 2011