Celebrity Engagement Rings

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Fetches Record $115 Million

On Tuesday night, Christie’s first auction for the ‘The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor,’ fetched over $115 million – setting a new world record for the most valuable private jewelry collection ever sold at auction. All 80 jewels sold with 24 realizing more than $1 million and 6 jewels realizing more than $5 million.

“It’s one of the most extraordinary auctions that Christie’s has ever had and a testament to the affection for Elizabeth Taylor worldwide,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.


The top sale of the evening was for La Pérégrina (The Legendary Pearl), a 16th century pearl once part of the crown jewels of Spain. A gift to Taylor from Richard Burton in 1969, the piece was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $11.8 million surpassing the pre-sale high estimate of $3 million. The prior world record for a pearl jewel was set in 2007 at Christie’s auction house in New York City with the sale of The Baroda Pearls for $7,096,000.

Among other high profile items was ‘The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond‘, formerly known as The Krupp, the rectangular cut 33.19 carat D-Color diamond sold for $8,818,500 to a private Asian buyer, surpassing pre-sale estimates of $2,500,000 – $3,500,000.

The Taj Mahal diamond set on a gold and ruby chain sold to an anonymous buyer for $8.8 million, vastly surpassing a pre-sale high of $500,000 and simultaneously setting a new world record for an Indian jewel.

A diamond bracelet given to the film star by close friend Michael Jackson sold for $194,500.

To view a full list of results from Tuesday’s auction click here.

More pieces from the late actress’s estate will go to auction later this week, with 189 items to go today and an online-only sale of some items running until Saturday. In February 2012, Taylor’s collection of Impressionist and Modernist art will go on sale in London.

As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long humanitarian causes, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.


Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry to Auction at Christie’s

Christie’s recently announced a landmark series of events, exhibitions and auctions devoted to the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Taylor. The global 3 month tour kicks off Thursday, September 15th and will reflect the iconic fashion and film star’s legacy through her magnificent collection of diamonds and historic jewels.

“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” François Curiel, international jewelry director and president of Christie’s Asia, said. “She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated jewelry designers.”

On Thursday, December 13th, Christie’s New York will host an evening auction at Rockefeller Center where select highlights will feature 80 of Taylor’s most jaw-dropping diamonds, gemstones and one-of-a-kind pieces followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions. Known as “the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place”, the total selection of 269 pieces is estimated to realize more than $30 million.


The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond
33.19 carats D Color, potentially internally flawless, this asscher cut diamond was worn by Taylor daily and was the first jewelry gift from husband Richard Burton purchased on May 16th 1968. Stone is formerly known as ‘the Krupp’. Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,500,000


La Pérégrina – The Legendary Pearl
Diamond Ruby and Pearl necklace features an early 16th century 203-grain pearl, once part of the crown jewels of Spain. Personally designed by Taylor, the piece was a gift from Richard Burton, January 23, 1969. Estimate: $2,000,000 – $3,000,000


The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara
An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880 Gift from Mike Todd, 1957 Estimate: $60,000-$80,000.


The Taj Mahal Diamond
Once belonged to Emperor Shah Jahangi circa 1627 – 1628. The large, flat, heart shaped diamond set within a ruby and gold chain was a gift to Taylor for her 40th birthday from husband Richard Burton. Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000.


The tour begins Thursday in Moscow followed by public exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong. As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long humanitarian causes, a portion of the proceeds generated by exhibition admissions, events and select publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.


Royal Wedding Jewelry: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Congratulations to the newly wed Royal Couple! The Royal Wedding ceremony was held 6 a.m. EST this morning at Westminister Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows after nearly a decade of courtship. With all the anticipation over her nuptial attire, the now ennobled Duchess of Cambridge looked dazzling by all accounts. Kate managed to harmoniously balance royal tradition with her own sense of modern style. Here’s an overview of her elegant ensemble including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue:

Something Old – Kate’s spectacular ivory white Alexander McQueen gown was designed by creative director Sarah Burton. Middleton worked closely with Burton in formulating the design of her dress which combines traditional fabrics and lacework with modern structure into the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. The Carrickmacross needlework in the beautiful lace sleeves and accents is a technique that dates back to the 1800s.

Something New – The royal bride’s custom made diamond earrings were a personal gift to her from her parents for her wedding day. The platinum earrings feature a pear-shaped diamond set drop oak leaf design and pave set acorn motif suspended in the center inspired by the new Middleton family coat of arms. The earrings were beautifully set off by her hair; a natural “demi-chignon” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London.

Something Borrowed – Loaned to Middleton by Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s delicate diamond halo tiara held together her veil and perfectly topped off her gown. The tiara was crafted in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York for his wife(Elizabeth’s mother). Then Princess Elizabeth received the gift for her 18th birthday.

Something Blue – Perhaps the most famous piece bridal jewelry of all is Middleton’s diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring. Honoring his late mother Princess Diana, Prince William gave the exquisite ring to Middleton when he proposed in November 2010. The 18 carat ring features an oval shaped blue sapphire center worth approximately $300,000. Sapphires are actually rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower.

Something Old


Prince William on Engagement Ring: Carried it for Weeks

Congratulations to Prince William on his engagement to Kate Middleton! Honoring his late mother, The Prince recently announced the engagement ring he gave his new fiancé Kate Middleton was the same one Prince Charles once gave to Princess Diana. “I’d been carrying it around with me on my right side for about three weeks…” Prince William said in an interview with CNN. “I literally would not let it go. Everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew if this thing disappeared, I’d be in a lot of trouble. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things go horribly wrong, but it went really, really well.”

The exquisite 18 carat diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring features an oval cut center surrounded by 14 brilliant cut white diamonds in a cluster setting. The sapphire alone is worth approximately $300,000 and the ring total is worth $500,000 retail. Sapphires are rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower. With blue sapphires all the rage once again, here’s a selection of our favorite diamond rings featuring an oval cut center that would make for a unique engagement ring:

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: .86ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 4.56ctw

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.60ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 1.91ctw

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.95ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 3.62ctw

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k Yellow Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.80ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 3.60ctw

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.42ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 9.19ctw

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.37ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 2.39ctw

Luc Proposes to Sarah with Simon G Engagement Ring on Brothers and Sisters


Did anyone catch Sunday’s episode of Brothers and Sisters? Luc (Giles Marini) proposed to Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) with an exquisite Simon G engagement ring (model LP1239)! Concerned about the distance between her and Luc, Sarah has become convinced that Luc was cheating on her. However, when Luc returns home, he proved his devotion to their relationship when he pulled out this stunning diamond engagement ring and proposed seen here: Product #2160 http://www.firenzejewels.com/simon-g-diamond-antique-style-platinum-engagement-ring-setting_2160.html



Joanna Garcia Flaunts Giant Engagement Ring on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Gossip Girl actress Joanna Garcia flaunted her eye-popping emerald cut diamond engagement ring from New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher when she paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week. Upon seeing the enormous sparkler, Kimmel jokingly blurted “That’s the biggest ring I’ve ever seen on a non-queen.”

The red-headed Cuban beauty shared some details on the show about their relationship such as where their first date took place, the fact she watches all of his games whether he plays or not, and how she and the other Yankee wives get along really well. Their relationship went public in September 2009 when Nick Swisher announced it during an interview with Sports Illustrated. The 30-year old actress is planning to walk down the aisle with the Yankees star after baseball season is finished.

Garcia’s new TV project, a comedic sitcom called Better with You, premieres next Wednesday, September 22 at 8:30PM on ABC.


Chelsea Clinton’s Engagement Ring Spotted



Although she announced her engagement to Goldman Sachs investment banker Marc Mezvinsky back in November ’09, no one has yet seen Chelsea Clinton’s diamond engagement ring.

Rumored to be quite the sparkler, the ring was said to draw a crowd backstage at last month’s Women in the World: Stories & Solutions conference. Host Tina Brown, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller surrounded Clinton in the greenroom at the Hudson Theater admiring her rock.

Cameras finally got a first glimpse of the gem Sunday night as the private bride-to-be attended the opening night performance of the Broadway musical “Promises Promises”. The couple is expected to wed this summer at Martha’s Vineyard.


Christina Applegate’s Diamond Engagement Ring

Christina Applegate was seen flashing quite the stunning diamond engagement ring Saturday evening as she tried to avoid the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport.

The 38-year-old newly engaged actress recently announced her engagement to rocker Martin Lenoble after 2 years of dating. Her fiance popped the question on Valentine’s Day although the 2 didn’t announce the news to their friends up until a week ago.

Her pal Alyssa Milano told US Magazine that Applegate kept her engagement to Lenoble “a secret from everyone” but that she is “thrilled” for her. No word yet on a wedding date, but she is very likely keeping that a secret as well. We wish her the very best.