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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

She has mesmerized movie audiences since her debut in National Velvet at the age of twelve, dazzled both men and women with her luminous beauty and larger-than-life presence, displayed a talent for business with her best-selling White Diamonds perfumes, and won worldwide admiration for her work on behalf of AIDS research. Elizabeth Tayor is truly Hollywood's greatest living star, elevated to the stature of living legend as a result of her glamorous life, memorable performances, and strong passions.

Among those passions is jewelry, and in this revealing behind-the-scenes book, Miss Taylor provides an unprecendented personal tour through her collection, one of the world's greatest private collections. She takes us into her confidence, sharing witty and intimate stories about many of the pieces — who gave them to her, and what was going on in her life at the time. Whether talking about the ruby ring from Richard Burton that was almost overlooked in the toe of her Christmas stocking one year, or the diamond girandole earrings from Mike Todd that he "switched" from paste to the real thing without telling his young wife, or the famous La Peregrina pearl that her dog (briefly) scampered off with, Elizabeth Taylor shows herself to be the most beguiling of storytellers: direct, irreverent, and charming.

Complementing Miss Taylor's text are stunning color photographs of her most remarkable pieces, including 100 magnificent images commissioned specially for this book, plus dozens of unpublished and rarely seen photographs of Miss Taylor wearing her jewelry. Lavishly produced in six colors by Italy's foremost printer, and featuring such art-quality specifications as 150 gsm paper, printed endpapers, and a full cloth cover, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry is not just a book for collectors, or for those who dream about owning such treasures as these, but for everyone who admires Hollywood's greatest star. It is a fabulous, dazzling display of glamour, assembled over a lifetime by one of the most admired and extraordinary women in the world.

Review:

"In this dazzling book, Taylor shows off her collection, complementing the gorgeous color photographs with snippets about the provenance of each piece....[N]ot only a tremendous feast for the eyes but an entertaining waltz through a Hollywood icon's decadent life." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It is no secret that the last great film star from the last great days of the Hollywood studio system owns an incomparable jewelry collection. But just how incomparable can't really be appreciated without perusing the pages of this suitably lavish, oversized album of exquisite-quality photographs taken of the entire collection just for display within these pages." Brad Hooper, Booklist

Synopsis:

"Here, in my own words and as I remember them, are my cherished stories about a lifetime of fun and love and laughter...I've never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty."

--Elizabeth Taylor

She has mesmerized movie audiences since her debut in National Velvet at the age of twelve, dazzled both men and women with her luminous beauty and iconic presence, displayed shrewd business acumen by creating a line of fragrances with unparalleled success, and her AIDS activism has been a call to arms for people around the world. She is Hollywood's greatest living star and a living legendElizabeth Taylor.

One of her greatest passions is jewelry, and over the years she has amassed one of the world's foremost collections. By the time she was in her thirties, Elizabeth Taylor already owned an outstanding set of Burmese rubies and diamonds from Cartier, a fantastic emerald and diamond suite from Bulgari, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, a gift from Richard Burton. That ring was later eclipsed by a subsequent gift from Burton, when he bought a staggering 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond. Newly named the Taylor-Burton Diamond, it catapulted Elizabeth Taylor into that rarefied pantheon of great jewelry collectors.

In this revealing book, Elizabeth Taylor offers a personal guided tour of her collection. She takes us into her confidence, sharing personal anecdotes, witty asides, and intimate reminiscences about her life, her loves, and her collection. Whether talking about the famous La Peregrina pearl, which was briefly abducted by a household pet, or chatting about a childhood gift to her mother, Elizabeth Taylor shows herself to be the most seductive of storytellers: direct, irreverent, and charming.

Complementing the stories are 125 stunning new photographs of her most remarkable pieces, specially commissioned for this book, and more than 150 rarely seen images (many from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection) of the star wearing her jewelry over the course of almost sixty years. We see her as a young ingenue of fifteen wearing what would be the first of many charm bracelets, and again, equally dazzling, as a mature woman, wearing the famous Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, which she purchased to benefit AIDS research.

Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry marks the first time this beautiful jewelry will be seen together as a collection. Lavishly produced and illustrated, the book has an introduction by the world-renowned authority on jewelry, François Curiel, of Christie's. It is for those who are enchanted by this most incandescent and enduring star, for those who cherish and dream of jewelry, and most importantly, for those who believe in the true meaning of love. This book is a fabulous display of unbelievable glamour, assembled over a lifetime, by one of the most extraordinary women in the world.

About the Author

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is the star of more than fifty-five films, among them National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Cleopatra. For nearly two decades, she has been a leader in AIDS activism, including her founding role in the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), and establishment of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). She has also been an extraordinarily successful businesswoman with her bestselling line of fragrances. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in the year 2000. In 1987, France bestowed upon her its most prestigious award, the Legion d'Honneur, and in 2001 President Clinton recognized her with the Presidential Citizen's Medal. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, and in 1993 she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her work on behalf of AIDS. She also received the BAFTA Fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Ails, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Elizabeth Taylor lives in Bel-Air, California. She has four children, ten grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild...so far.

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION

by François Curiel

NOTE TO THE READER

REALLY AND TRULY MY VERY FIRST PIECE OF JEWELRY — AND I BOUGHT IT

A CHARMED LIFE

Gold charm bracelet with 30 charms

Gold charm bracelet with 12 charms

Gold charm bracelet with 20 charms

Gold charm bracelet with 19 antique seals

Sixteen gold bangle bracelets

Group of gem-set, gold and silver cruciform, and Star of David pendants on chains

THE LEGACY OF LOVE

Ruby and diamond necklace

Ruby and diamond bracelet

Pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants

The Mike Todd diamond ear pendants

Belle époque diamond necklace

The Mike Todd diamond tiara

MY BABY: 33 CARATS AND GROWING

The Krupp diamond

IT'S TUESDAY, I LOVE YOU

Emerald and diamond brooch

Emerald and diamond ring

Emerald and diamond necklace

Pair of emerald and diamond ear pendants

Emerald and diamond bracelet

Emerald and diamond ring

Emerald and diamond "zigzag" bracelet

Emerald and diamond flower brooch

I FEEL AS THOUGH I'M ONLY THE CUSTODIAN OF MY JEWELRY

The Taj Mahal diamond

The King Farouk bracelet

Belle époque diamond bow brooch

Antique ruby and diamond locket

La Peregrina pearl and natural pearl, ruby, and diamond necklace

The Taylor-Burton diamond

A TOUCH OF CLASS

Diamond "Prince of Wales" brooch

FIRST A BROAD, NOW A DAME — THE MOST EXCITING DAY OF MY LIFE

Pair of coral, diamond, yellow sapphire, and cultured pearl ear pendants

Pair of emerald and diamond ear pendants

A PASSION FOR DIAMONDS

Pair of diamond and yellow diamond ear pendants

Diamond and yellow diamond ring

Diamond and colored diamond flower brooch

Sapphire and diamond camellia brooch

The Perelman bracelet

Diamond heart-shaped pendant necklace

Suite of diamond and pink diamond double heart jewelry

Diamond and multicolored sapphire butterfly brooch

Pair of sapphire, diamond, and cultured pearl ear clips

Sapphire and diamond orchid brooch

Diamond line necklace

The wedding diamond ear pendants

I LOVE ART DECO

Art Deco emerald, coral, onyx, natural pearl, and diamond sautoir

Art Deco rock crystal, diamond, and enamel pendant watch

Sapphire and diamond sautoir

Sugarloaf cabochon sapphire and diamond "trombino" ring

Pair of diamond and invisibly set sapphire ear pendants

Art Deco diamond bow brooch

Sapphire and diamond bracelet watch

MICHAEL JACKSON — A PRECIOUS FRIEND

Suite of diamond, emerald, and ruby "monkey" jewelry

Diamond and sapphire ring

Titanium, diamond, cultured pearl, and ruby evening bag

Emerald and diamond necklace

Diamond bow brooch

The Michael Jackson diamond bracelet

Diamond bracelet watch

MY OWN PRIVATE ZOO

Cultured pearl, diamond, and emerald lion bracelet

Cultured pearl, diamond, and emerald lion necklace

Opal clamshell and diamond starfish pendant

The Night of the Iguana brooch

Art Nouveau plique-à-jour enamel and gem-set butterfly brooch

Plique-à-jour enamel and diamond butterfly brooch

Four plique-à-jour enamel and gem-set dragonfly brooches

Enamel, diamond, and ruby serpent bangle bracelet

Diamond, emerald, and gold serpent bangle watch

Enamel, diamond, and ruby horse bangle bracelet

Enamel, diamond, and ruby serpent bangle bracelet

Coral, diamond, and emerald lion bangle bracelet

Gold, emerald, and diamond chimera bangle bracelet

RED IS FOR WALES — AND RICHARD BURTON

Ruby and diamond ring

Antique sapphire and diamond brooch

Sapphire and diamond blackamoor brooch

The Ping-Pong diamond ring

Suite of amethyst, kunzite, and diamond jewelry

Suite of coral, amethyst, and diamond jewelry

Coral, amethyst, and diamond bracelet

Pair of coral, amethyst, and diamond ear pendants

Coral, amethyst, and diamond Maltese Cross pendant necklace

Coral, amethyst, and diamond tassel necklace

Set of coral and diamond jewelry

Belle époque ruby and diamond bracelet

The Burton diamond brooch

The Burton cognac diamond ear pendants

The Burton cognac diamond ring

Art Nouveau enamel, glass, and pearl brooch

Antique natural pearl and diamond necklace

FAMILY LIFE

The granny necklace and ear pendants

Pair of diamond tassel ear pendants

Art Deco sapphire and diamond bracelet

THE HIGHLANDER AND I

Enamel, colored gold, and moonstone egg pendant

Paper jewelry pearl and gold suite

Pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants

Ruby and diamond horse brooch

Ruby and diamond bracelet

A GALLERY OF GOOD TIMES

Pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants

South Sea pearl and diamond ring

Pair of South Sea cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants

Pair of black cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants

Gray baroque cultured pearl and diamond necklace

South Sea cultured pearl necklace

Pair of cultured pearl and diamond ear pendants

Gold and ivory necklace

Nephrite, rock crystal, and diamond lily of the valley brooch

Set of rock crystal and diamond jewelry

Suite of rock crystal and diamond jewelry

Diamond and gold pendant necklace

Pair of turquoise and diamond ear pendants

Turquoise, diamond, and gold bracelet

Suite of sapphire and diamond jewelry

Antique diamond flower necklace

Pair of antique diamond ear pendants

Coral, sapphire, diamond, and enamel brooch

The daisy parure

INDEX OF JEWELRY

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743236645
Editor:
Peltason, Ruth A.
Author:
Curiel, Francois
Author:
Taylor, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Jewelry
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Series:
Jewelry Crafts
Series Volume:
no. 131
Publication Date:
September 30, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
12 x 9.75 in 65.520 oz

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Product details 240 pages Simon & Schuster Books - English 9780743236645 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this dazzling book, Taylor shows off her collection, complementing the gorgeous color photographs with snippets about the provenance of each piece....[N]ot only a tremendous feast for the eyes but an entertaining waltz through a Hollywood icon's decadent life."
"Review" by , "It is no secret that the last great film star from the last great days of the Hollywood studio system owns an incomparable jewelry collection. But just how incomparable can't really be appreciated without perusing the pages of this suitably lavish, oversized album of exquisite-quality photographs taken of the entire collection just for display within these pages."
"Synopsis" by , "Here, in my own words and as I remember them, are my cherished stories about a lifetime of fun and love and laughter...I've never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty."

--Elizabeth Taylor

She has mesmerized movie audiences since her debut in National Velvet at the age of twelve, dazzled both men and women with her luminous beauty and iconic presence, displayed shrewd business acumen by creating a line of fragrances with unparalleled success, and her AIDS activism has been a call to arms for people around the world. She is Hollywood's greatest living star and a living legendElizabeth Taylor.

One of her greatest passions is jewelry, and over the years she has amassed one of the world's foremost collections. By the time she was in her thirties, Elizabeth Taylor already owned an outstanding set of Burmese rubies and diamonds from Cartier, a fantastic emerald and diamond suite from Bulgari, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, a gift from Richard Burton. That ring was later eclipsed by a subsequent gift from Burton, when he bought a staggering 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond. Newly named the Taylor-Burton Diamond, it catapulted Elizabeth Taylor into that rarefied pantheon of great jewelry collectors.

In this revealing book, Elizabeth Taylor offers a personal guided tour of her collection. She takes us into her confidence, sharing personal anecdotes, witty asides, and intimate reminiscences about her life, her loves, and her collection. Whether talking about the famous La Peregrina pearl, which was briefly abducted by a household pet, or chatting about a childhood gift to her mother, Elizabeth Taylor shows herself to be the most seductive of storytellers: direct, irreverent, and charming.

Complementing the stories are 125 stunning new photographs of her most remarkable pieces, specially commissioned for this book, and more than 150 rarely seen images (many from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection) of the star wearing her jewelry over the course of almost sixty years. We see her as a young ingenue of fifteen wearing what would be the first of many charm bracelets, and again, equally dazzling, as a mature woman, wearing the famous Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, which she purchased to benefit AIDS research.

Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry marks the first time this beautiful jewelry will be seen together as a collection. Lavishly produced and illustrated, the book has an introduction by the world-renowned authority on jewelry, François Curiel, of Christie's. It is for those who are enchanted by this most incandescent and enduring star, for those who cherish and dream of jewelry, and most importantly, for those who believe in the true meaning of love. This book is a fabulous display of unbelievable glamour, assembled over a lifetime, by one of the most extraordinary women in the world.

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