Tag Archive: Jewelry



I don’t know why I’m even surprised, considering a crocodile Birkin bag went for auction this week for over $200,000 complete with solid gold and diamond-encrusted hardware and locks.  This, however, looks like a great weapon for $69,500.

Gold Jewelry Hermès Bracelets – Jewelry.


Below is the complete museum program for “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” by Christie’s.  I picked this up on the last of the 4 dates in Los Angeles at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center this past Saturday.  Please note this is NOT the actual auction catalog, this is only what is currently touring before the big auction in December.  There are 5 complete auction catalogs available at the bottom and they go up to $75 each or the complete boxed set for $300.

This is an 8 page touring catalog printed on card stock.  The original scanned size is 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and aside from cropping a few scanned edges, no further alterations were done to these pages.  These are basically color thumbnails and not high resolution pics, so I’m afraid this is as good as it gets at 1,200 dpi.  I have some better photos elsewhere on this blog, site is at the bottom.

Cover

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Back Cover

Catalogs and other official Christie’s info: 

http://www.christies.com/elizabethtaylor/catalogues.aspx

Eight of the better pictures I took on 10/15/11:

https://ronhardyman.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/the-elizabeth-taylor-collection-by-christies-moca-at-the-pacific-design-center/


Before heading to Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong, ahead of the big auction in New York City in December, Christie’s started the exhibition at MOCA’s West Hollywood location at the Pacific Design Center.  They didn’t have everything in the catalogs because, face it, The Lizard liked her rocks and frocks and it would have required a substantial gallery space.  What was showing, however, was the most impressive collection since the Tower of London jewels or the King Tut exhibition that stopped in L.A. when I was a kid.  Out of the world’s most exclusive jewelers, clearly, Elizabeth favored Van Cleef & Arpels, followed by Bulgari.

These are the best photos I took of what was showing, including the 33 carat Krupp diamond ring.  The links below cover that legendary rock, as well as the official site for the exhibition, catalogs, and a really nice HD video.  The last link is to another entry here where I scanned the entire museum program for the show.

The 33.19 Carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (est. $2.5-3.5 million)

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond

Chanel Ballgown, Shoes and Clutch (est. $6,000-8,000)

Bulgari Necklace & Pendant Brooch (est. $1.5-2.2 million)

Bulgari Ring, Earrings and Bracelet (est. $930,000-1,350,000 total)

Tiziani Kimono (est. $4-6k)

David Webb Bracelet and Necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels Suite (est. $200-300k) and Boucheron Art Nouveau Brooch (est. $10-15k)

 

10/18/11  I just realized last night that I had a couple pictures on my phone that actually turned out rather well, so here they are:

Antique Diamond Tiara from Mike Todd (est. $60-80k)

The Windsor Brooch, I'm assuming this was purchased at the Duchess of Windsor auction. (est. $400-600k)

Diamond and Ruby Cartier Suite

Diamond and Ruby Cartier Necklace (est. $200-300k)

 

Christie’s website for the auction:

http://www.christies.com/elizabethtaylor/special_features.aspx

 

History of the Krupp Diamond (aka The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond):

http://famousdiamonds.tripod.com/kruppdiamond.html

 

My other site showing the complete 8-page museum program:

https://ronhardyman.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/the-complete-program-for-the-collection-of-elizabeth-taylor-by-christies/


Well, I wasn’t around for the Duchess of Windsor’s little soiree.  Let’s see if I have any luck scoring tickets just to walk in for an hour this morning.  4 days only in L.A. then off to Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong, followed by the final auctions in New York in December.  The five catalogs alone run $300!

***UPDATE***  Success has been achieved and the tickets are mine for October 15th.  Now… what to wear?

Special Events | Charity Auctions, Exhibitions, Lectures, Wine Tastings | Christie’s.


After about 50 years of some really plain sterling designs, Tiffany pulled a Cartier maneuver and went into its vaults for some “new” ideas.  🙂  Using some of the original dies dating back to the mid 1800’s for holloware and silver patterns, they’ve come up with 18 sterling cuff bracelets that possess the same relief work of their vintage pieces.

 Tiffany & Co. | Item | Tiffany Silver Studio anchor cuff in sterling silver. | United States.