Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz purchased the Mike Todd Diamond Ear Pendants at the Christie’s auction. The earrings were one of Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite pieces. Schwartz purchased them when they were made from paste gems and loved them so much that Todd surprised her and made them with real diamonds. They were incredibly special to her. Schwartz feels like she has a piece of her with her forever.

Price Realized (Set Currency)

  • Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
    $25,000 - $35,000

Sale Information

Sale 2623 
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale (I) 
13 December 2011
New York, Rockefeller Plaza 

Each of girandole design, suspending three circular-cut diamond drop-shaped pendants, from an openwork plaque of circular-cut diamond flowers and bows, to the circular-cut diamond flower surmount, mounted in platinum 

From InStyle: 

Diamond Chandelier Earrings, 1957

These shoulder-dusting antique chandeliers were favorites of Taylor's, wearing them first in 1959 and 4 decades later in 1992 at the Academy Awards. When she discovered them in a Paris boutique, they sparkled with paste (glass) gems. She wrote, "A few months later, back in New York, I was getting ready for a party and went to put them on. I opened the box, and the earrings looked all polished up. I put them on. There was something different about how they fit. I said, 'Mike, there's something wrong with my earrings.' He chuckled and said he'd had them made up with real diamonds!"

In related news, The Lorraine Schwartz 27.42 carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Ring brought in a total of $2,098,500 at the Elizabeth Taylor Auction at Christie’s. Elizabeth Taylor purchased the ring in 2002 when she invited Schwartz to the amFar Charity in Cannes.