Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of Style

During Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s famously wicked affair—or “Le Scandale,” as they cheekily called it—on the Italian set of Cleopatra in 1962, the couple frequented the Bulgari boutique on Rome’s Via Condotti. Burton apparently had a preternatural talent for knowing what his ladylove desired, such as a brooch featuring a 23.44 ct. Colombian octagonal step-cut emerald surrounded by pear-shape diamonds and set in platinum, which he gave Taylor to signify their engagement. When they married two years later, the bride wore lilies of the valley and hyacinth in her hair, a daffodil-yellow­ chiffon dress, and that pin. The same day, Burton gifted her with a matching necklace, and the brooch was later converted into a pendant for the new piece. The suite was one of Taylor’s favorites: She wore it to the BAFTAs, in the pool—even to meet the Queen.“This particular eme

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