We can't help but continue to comb over the stunning collection on display at the Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. The Tutti Frutti bandeau? Baffling. The historical "Halo" tiara? Fit for a queen. And now, the three piece ruby diamond set once owned by Elizabeth Taylor? We are wishing it didn't take so long to fly to the land down under.
The beautiful necklace, bracelet and earrings gifted to Taylor by the late Mike Todd, husband number three, is a blazing display of fire and light. Created in 1951 by Cartier, the star of the show, the bib necklace, features oval-, cushion-, and round-shaped rubies with round- and baguette-cut diamonds. The rubies are set in gold and the diamonds are set in platinum. In 1953, it was modified to double as a tiara.
The ruby and diamond suite sold for $5.5 million at the famous 2011 Christie's auction of Taylor's famed jewelry collection. The necklace went for $3.3 million dollars alone, quite exceeding the estimates. And the suite made its way back to Cartier, likely for archiving and luckily on loan to the National Gallery of Australia through July 2018.