Elizabeth Taylor’s Enduring Impact on Natural Diamond Jewelry Style 

Hollywood’s most elite denizens continue to look to Elizabeth Taylor’s exceptional natural diamond jewelry style for inspiration.

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Elizabeth Taylor photographed at home in 1957, in Beverly Hills, California. (Credit: CBS Photo Archive.)

February 27 marks what would have been Elizabeth Taylor’s 91st birthday. Though the Hollywood icon passed away 12 years ago, her alluring mystique and natural diamond style influence lives on. Celebrities of today continue to hold a torch for Taylor’s lavish diamond obsession, from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Julianne Moore, Zendaya, Bella Hadid and more.

Taylor’s name has been saturating headlines yet again, with the release of several new books and documentaries peeling the onion to reveal the layers of her life. Erotic Vagrancy by Roger Lewis looks into the relationship between the actress and her on-again-off-again love, actor Richard Burton, while Cocktails With George and Martha by Philip Gefter tells the behind-the-scenes story of Taylor’s 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which won the star the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. 

Most notably, Kim Kardashian is set to executive produce and feature in an upcoming three-part documentary series about Taylor with the BBC, dubbed Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar. A bona fide superfan and a self-proclaimed “huge Elizabeth Taylor nerd,” Kardashian even conducted the last interview with Taylor in 2011 for Harper’s Bazaar before she died. 

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Elizabeth Taylor wears the Taylor-Burton diamond on a necklace at the 1970 ‘Oscar’ Ball in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

In her final interview, Taylor told Kardashian which of her most famous natural diamond rings was her favorite. “The Krupp is an extraordinary stone. It has such life and brilliance when light shines through it. Size does matter, but so does the size of the emotion behind it,” she said. Seeped in scandalous history, the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond was gifted to Taylor by her husband twice-over, Burton. In May of 1968, the Welsh actor went up against jeweler Harry Winston in a bidding war, winning the diamond for the price of $305,000 – which was the highest-paid price at auction for a diamond ring at the time. 


– Kim Kardashian to Harper’s Bazaar

When Kardashian received her 15-carat a perfect D flawless type 2A cushion-cut Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring from rapper Kanye West in 2013, the mogul replicated an iconic shot of Taylor holding a towel on her head, showing off her magnificent sparkler with the caption, “#MyIdol💍.”

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Three Jade and Diamond Bangles, By Lorraine Schwartz (Courtesy of Christies)

In 2011, the SKIMS founder even purchased three jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz bangles during the triumphant Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s New York. A close friend of the diamond jewelry designer, Kardashian could have just purchased the pieces straight from Schwartz but instead, she spent well above the estimated price of $8,000, shelling out $64,900 for the authentic bracelets. “She loved those bangles for a long time,” Schwartz told Forbes. “She bought them because they’re Elizabeth’s.”

It’s safe to say, diamonds truly were Elizabeth Taylor’s best friend. With a collection overflowing with Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Chopard, Boucheron, Garrard, Cartier, and Bulgari, the Oscar-winning actress had a knack for jaw-dropping diamond jewels, from the Krupp diamond to the Taylor-Burton diamond. 

Known as one of Hollywood’s greatest love affairs, Burton and Taylor sparked their romance on the set of the 1963 epic film Cleopatra, and the rest was history. Natural diamond jewelry seemed to be the couple’s love language, with Burton often gifting Taylor the most exquisite jewels and gems. 

Elizabeth Taylor wearing a Bulgari ‘Serpenti’ watch while filming Cleopatra at Cinecitta Studio in Rome, 1962. 
Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari ‘Serpenti’ watch

While filming Cleopatra, in the early days of their romace, Burton was rumored to have gifted Taylor a gold and diamond Serpenti snake watch from Italian jeweler Bulgari. Years later, the actor famously quipped, “I introduced Liz to beer, she introduced me to Bulgari.” Now one of the most iconic designs from the house, the Serpenti style is beloved by the likes of Zendaya, Naomi Watts, Bella Hadid, and more.


–Richard Burton⁠
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Hannah Waddingham at the 2022 Emmy Awards. (Getty Images)

Zendaya attends the “Dune” Screening in London, England, 2021. (Getty Images)

Bella Hadid at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in France, 2018. (Getty Images)

Chloë Sevigny at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 02, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Getty Images)

In 2013, the Roman jewlery house hosted a celebration showcasing Taylor’s extensive Bulgari jewelry collection in Beverly Hills, with Julianne Moore wearing one of Taylor’s prized necklaces from the brand — a diamond and emerald necklace. Taylor previously wore the eye-catching bauble to receieve her Academy Award for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967.

Elizabeth Taylor with her Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, 1967 (Getty Images)
Julianne Moore attends the celebration of Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of BVLGARI jewelry at Bvlgari Beverly Hills on February 19, 2013. (Getty Images)

With such an extensive and mind-boggling collection of natural diamond treasures, it’s safe to say that no one comes close to Taylor’s diamond style. In Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, the star writes, “The importance of jewelry is emotional and psychological.” Continuing, “We are all temporary custodians of beauty.”

A diamond jewelry aficionado and taste-maker, celebrities have and will continue to take a page from the book of Elizabeth Taylor, looking to her most landmark diamond moments to secure their status as true shining stars of Hollywood.