Diamonds have no compassion... "They will be evidence for the wearer if they be able to," says one personality in The Sandcastle, in the beginning of the novel by the famed British author, Iris Murdoch. Now this might be true of a few women habitually wearing a disgracefully bulky item of jewelry which show cases a measure of unpleasant offensiveness to themselves - but is it appropriate to Elizabeth Taylor? Those well-showcased gifts which she established from her 5th husband, the belatedly Richard Burton, positively augment her manifestation and do not seem out of place on her. Compatibility is recognized between the jewel and its wearer.
Richard Burton's 1st jewelry procures for Elizabeth Taylor was the 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond, in 1968. This had previously been part of the estate of Vera Krupp, 2nd wife of the steel magnate Alfred Krupp.
Miss Taylor sports this precious stone in a ring. She has sported it in a number of her post-1968 films, during her conference on CNN's Larry King Live in 2003, and just about all over else she goes. Next the La Peregrina Pearl for which Burton paid £15,000. The stone has an extended and complex history. For the queen's 40th birthday in 1972 Richard Burton presented her a heart-shaped diamond identified as the Taj-Mahal. The stone is practically huge and flat, with an Arabic dedication on each side. It is positioned with rubies and diamonds in a yellow gold rope prototype necklace. "I would have wanted to buy her the Taj-Mahal," he remarked, "but it would charge too much to transfer".