Pearls are a First Lady's best friend


Decades before Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis) became the First Lady of the United States, Coco Chanel was already making pearls the must have fashion statement in Europe.

It was this playful image, taken in August 1962 of Jackie's son John Kennedy Jr. pulling on his mother's string of false pearls that captured Jackie's style: simple, elegant and with a sense of theatre. The First Lady became associated with faux pearls, making them look as luxurious as their real counterparts.

In 1996, Sotheby's sale of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' estate sent bidders around the world into a frenzy, it seemed everyone wanted a piece of the Jackie O myth. The auction totalled $34 million across four days, with the simulated pearls Jackie wore in the photograph with her son selling for $ 211 500. Only Jackie O could make $65 pearls fetch those figures.

14ct yellow gold pearl and diamond choker 14ct yellow gold pearl and diamond choker

Emerald Queen

Elizabeth Taylor: the undisputed Queen of Green. Taylor's jewelry collection was unrivalled during the 20th and well into the 21st century. At Christie's in 2011, the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor sale took place in New York. The sale realised an incredible total of $123 773 989.


One of the shimmering highlights of the sale was a pair of Bulgari emerald and diamond earrings, which Taylor recieved as a gift from Richard Burton. Taylor wore the earrings to important events in her life, including the Paris premiere of Lawrence of Arabia and to greet the Queen during her state visit to Washington in 1976.

14ct white gold GIA certified 30.46 ctw emerald and diamond earrings 14ct white gold GIA certified 30.46 ctw emerald and diamond earrings

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Here, Elizabeth wears an emerald and diamond flower brooch in her hair, again made by Bulgari and gifted to her by Burton.

26514570_1 14ct rose gold 7.68 ctw emerald, sapphire and diamond pendant with chain

26514670_1 18ct white gold 1.30 ctw emerald and diamond brooch

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Elizabeth's love affair with emeralds was always evident, whether it was the shine of a pair of earrings or the subtle glint of a brooch. Here, she wears another emerald Bulgari creation given to her by her husband in 1958. She wore it with her yellow wedding dress when she married Burton in 1964, as seen here in this photograph of the iconic couple.

It was called Yellow

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The legend of the Tiffany Yellow is almost as synonymous with the jewelry house as the Little Blue Box. The yellow diamond is thought to have been discovered in South Africa in 1877. At 287.42 carats, it is one of the largest canary yellow diamonds to have ever been discovered. Charles Tiffany acquired it in $18 000 and had it cut in Paris by Tiffany’s gemologist, George Kunz, in 1879 into a cushion shape of 128.54 carats.


The jewel has is thought to have only ever been worn by two women: a Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at a 1957 Tiffany Ball and Audrey Hepburn in 1961 for the publicity photographs for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

5.84 ctw Fancy Yellow Diamond ring - 18ct-platinum two-tone gold 5.84 ctw Fancy Yellow Diamond ring - 18ct-platinum two-tone gold

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