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Elizabeth Taylor - My Love Affair with Jewelry
by Elizabeth Taylor
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0-7432-3664-5
Published September 2002 - Hardcover - 240 pages - $65.00

Elizabeth Taylor, arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, in her day, also happens to have one of the most stunning jewelry collections in the world.  Many pieces of her exquisite jewelry were gifts and she recalls the memories and emotions at the time she received them.  She graciously shares her collection and stories with us, and gives the world the chance to see some of the most desired and precious pieces.  Ms. Taylor has never been shy about wearing her jewels - she even lets people try on her gigantic Krupp diamond ring weighing in at 33.10 carats!  Gifts from her beloved husbands Mike Todd and Richard Burton (both had extravagant taste), she mixed and matched them.  She even had a tiara.  Many of her prized gems came from the best jewelers in the world: Cartier, Bulgari, Gerard, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others, and not all were diamonds.  She has rubies, emeralds, sapphires, amethyst, and coral.  Personally, I don't like the whole "coordinated" look with earrings, pendant, and bracelet to match, but somehow she managed to pull it off.  I think it was her beautiful face you looked at first - the jewelry was secondary.  Not many women can wear such large pieces of jewelry either.  The stunning photographs show her most glamorous side - all decked out with devastatingly gorgeous pieces of jewelry.  She's been photographed by the best in the world and this book is a fan's necessity.  We're not likely to come across anyone else with such an incredible collection - anyone not royalty that is.
Conclusion - Exquisite collection of jewels and beautifully presented.

Review copy not supplied by publisher - library copy reviewed.


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