Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari

Kate Walsh, Julianne Moore,  Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Dunst celebrate the Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari –

Now on Display at the New Beverly Hills Boutique 


At the Feb. 19 party to launch the spectacular exhibit of the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry collection at Bulgari, Kate Walsh of “Private Practice” called Taylor “an amazing actress,” but when it came to jewels, Taylor really had Walsh’s admiration.

“I love that she wore her jewelry,” said Walsh, adorned for the evening in jewels herself. “She didn’t just collect.”

For the occasion, Veronica Bulgari welcomed guests to the new Bulgari boutique in Beverly Hills and to the nearby party venue, a parking garage done up for the night as 1960s Rome, complete with Roman gardens, lemon trees and Italian buffets. (Check out the gallery below for pictures of the party, the stars and the Liz Taylor jewelry exhibit.)

Among VIPs  – many also swathed for the night in jewels – were actors Kirsten Dunst, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Watts, Marisa Tomei, Louise Roe, Marta Gastini, Jessica Lowndes and Analeigh Tipton; Prince Emanuele Filberto of Savoy and his wife, Clotilde, Princess of Venice and Piedmont; Princess Patricia Ruspoli, stylist George Kotsiopolis of “Fashion Police,” director Paul Haggis, producer Christina Steinberg and “Decades” boutique owner Cameron Silver.

Veronica Bulgari, a fourth generation family member, described Taylor as “passionate about her jewelry.” Said Bulgari, “It wasn’t about status for her, and it wasn’t an accessory. She wore her jewelry like a second skin.”

Indeed, the sign beside the display cases quoted Richard Burton as saying of Taylor, “I introduced her to beer; she introduced me to Bulgari” and “the only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”

The exhibit will be on display, and open to the public by appointment, at the boutique (phone:310-858-9216) until Mar. 10. Included are eight stunning pieces, among them two emerald brooches and a sapphire “sautoir” she wore in the films, “The V.I.P.s,” “Boom!” and “Ash Wednesday.”

Visitors to the exhibition will actually have a better view of the collection than partygoers did, because the glass case for Taylor’s legendary emerald and diamond necklace had nothing but a photo inside it on the night of the party.

Anyone who caught a glimpse of Julianne Moore, however, saw the real thing, comprised of sixteen Colombian emeralds, weighing approximately 60.5 carats and featuring a 23.44 carat detachable central pendant, which could be worn separately as a brooch.

This treasure had been bought at the 2011 Christie’s auction of Liz Taylor’s jewels for $6 million plus.  While the other actresses wore a variety of pieces from the various Bulgari collections, Moore chose to wear the legendary baubles.


Top photo: Kate Walsh of “Private Practice” at the Feb. 19 party to celebrate the Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari (photo: Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Bulgari)

Center photo: Julianne Moore, wearing Liz Taylor’s legendary emerald necklace, bought at auction for $6 million, now on display, as part of the Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari (photo: Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Bulgari)

Bottom photo: Analeigh Tipton, the wonderful lovesick babysitter in “Crazy, Stupid Love,” wearing a Georges Hobeika haute couture cocktail dress at the Feb. 19 party to celebrate the Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)



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Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection at Bulgari

Published Feb. 20, 2013 2:30am & updated 1:30pm – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA