Jill of the blog Everything Just So alerted me to this exhibit at Van Cleef & Arpels in Beverly Hills. Normally ultra high-end jewelry isn’t part of my beat, but when she mentioned that the exhibit featured several pieces from the former private collection of Elizabeth Taylor, I was curious enough to trek over to Rodeo Drive for a look. I had not expected to be able to get this close to the pieces, and in retrospect wish I’d lugged along my DSLR to capture higher quality images.
Ok, so maybe the collection was impressive…
Of all of the Elizabeth Taylor pieces, this brooch below was my favorite.
The sheer size and volume of exquisite stones was breathtaking…
the workmanship awe-inspiring…
and the pedigrees notable.
I found myself gazing at each jaw-dropping piece with a sense of wonder.
I was very taken with this lion head bracelet; it’s hard to see in this photo but the texture of the mane must have required a great deal of technical skill to achieve. I was surprised to read that it was from the collection of Roy Clark, whom I had not realized was a high-end jewelry collector.
Of all of the pieces on display, my very favorite was this Art Deco clip.
There are many, many more pieces on display.
The exhibit at Van Cleef & Arpels is free and open to the public until March 2, 2016.
If you could pick one of these pieces or sets to wear (complete with security detail, bien sur), which would you choose?