Bulgari shows off Liz Taylor's gems
Politics Nation Now Politics Now Top of the Ticket Science Science Now Obituaries World World Now Afghanistan war Africa Americas Asia Europe Middle East Business Money Co. The award ceremony may be taking place minutes from where you live, but you watch it at home, on TV, in your sweat pants cheap Cowboys jerseys free shipping
and you might as well be in Dubuque.
Rodeo Drive too can make you feel like a scrap on the cutting room floor. As you stroll the wide and immaculate sidewalks of BeverlyBeverly cheap Cowboys jersey
Hills' iconic shopping street, you pass by boutiques you'd feel self conscious walking into. In the windows are baubles and trinkets you could never in three lifetimes afford.
Which is why it is rather nice to be invited to make a private appointment at the house of Bulgari, the fine Italian jeweler that opened its doors in 1884.
Elizabeth Taylor loved Bulgari jewels. Richard Burton, whose torrid affair with her began during the filming of "Cleopatra" in Rome, accompanied her often to the flagship shop on the Via Condotti. He liked to joke that the name Bulgari was all the Italian she knew.
So it is fitting that starting Oscar week, the jeweler is celebrating the Oscar winning star with an exhibit of eight of her most treasured Bulgari pieces.
They are heavy on diamonds and emeralds of rare size, gleam and value.
And Bulgari knows their value well.
After Taylor's death, it reacquired some of the gems at a Christie's auction. One piece, an emerald and diamond brooch that also can be worn as a pendant, sold for $6,578,5 breaking records both for sales price of an emerald and for emerald price per carat ($280,0).
That brooch, whose centerpiece is an octagonal step cut emerald weighing 23.44 carats, was Burton's engagement present to Taylor. He followed it upon their marriage (his second, her fifth) with a matching necklace whose 16 Colombian emeralds weigh in at 60.5 carats. Bulgari bought the necklace back too, for $6,130,5.
They are in the exhibit, along with Burton's engagement ring to Taylor and a delicate brooch given to herher Cowboys jerseys china
by husband No. 4, Eddie Fisher whose emerald and diamond flowers were set en tremblant so that they gently fluttered as Taylor moved.
The jewels are not for sale.
On Tuesday night, actress Julianne Moore wore the Burton necklace, with pendant attached, at a gala for Bulgari's top clients. At the dinner hour, guests were escorted along a lavender colored carpet to a nearby rooftop that had been transformed into a Roman terrace.
Those honored guests, of course, got private viewings of Taylor's jewels.
But so did Amanda Perry, a healerhealer china cheap Cowboys jerseys
from West Hollywood who arrived the next morning for one of the first appointments available to the public.
Someone had emailed news of the collection to the 35 year old Taylor fan.
The camera crews were long gone when Perry came back Wednesday. She had the exhibit, and handsome sales associate Timothy Morzenti of Milan, entirely to herself.
In a black suit, still wearing on his left hand the black glove he dons to handle fine jewels, Morzenti whisked Perry off via a private elevator to the exhibit on the second floor. The jewels stood in vitrines mounted high off the ground. Behind them were photos and a slide show of Taylor, bejeweled.
"Which piece would you like to see first?" Morzenti asked her as a security guard stood by. "I personally love the emerald ring."
Then he proceeded at leisure to explain Bulgari signature sugar loaf cuts and trombino ring settings, while tossing in occasional Taylor stories.
The best, however, was yet to come.
Back in the hushed showroom, where nary a price tag is visible, he sat Perry down before a jewelry case, which he carefully unlocked. Gently, he lifted out a pair of diamond earrings, set in platinum with fancy intense yellow drops.
"Would you like to try them on?" he asked as she beamed.
Their price, he told her, was $1.7 million.
Stars have their Cinderella moments too when they arrive at the Governors Ball wearing loaner jewels that soon must be returned.
Perry, however, didn't mind when it came time to take the earringsearrings Cowboys new jerseys 2014
Asked how she'd spend the rest of her day, she said, "Walking on a cloud. And I'll stay with it for a while."