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Why are These Diamond Necklaces Insanely Expensive?

31 August 2016

13. Elizabeth Taylor’s Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir ($5.9 million)

15 Most Expensive Diamond Necklaces in the World | #13. Elizabeth Taylor's Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir ($5.9 million)
15 Most Expensive Diamond Necklaces in the World | #13. Elizabeth Taylor’s Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir ($5.9 million) | source: bbc.co.uk

As you keep reading through this list, you will learn that Elizabeth Taylor was not just one of a popular widow but also a diamond necklace enthusiast.

After her death, all of her jewelry collection was auctioned, including this sapphire and diamond sautoir. And the benefit went to her foundation. This particular necklace was a gift from her husband, Richard Burton, for her 40th birthday in 1972. It anticipates the daring and electric Bulgari style of the 1970s.

Then, Bulgari got the necklace back at the first Christie’s Taylor’s collection auction in New York, 2011. The company spent $5,906,500 for it.

This sautoir has a detachable pave-set octagonal diamond pendant with a sugar-loaf cabochon sapphire. And it weighs 52.72 carats. The detachable pendant may be worn as a brooch.

The 29-inch long platinum chain is composed of hexagonal and rhomboid motifs. And it is decorated with a pave of brilliant-cut diamonds and calibrated sapphires. And all sapphires in this necklace are unheated and classified as Classic Burma.

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