I love Elizabeth Taylor‘s jewelry collection. She had some of the most exquisite pieces. Some of which had been previously owned by kings and queens. One piece in particular was La Peregrina.
La Peregrina is a detachable drop shaped natural pearl pendant, approximately 50.56 carats. It was a gift given to Taylor by Richard Burton in 1969. Here, we see her wearing the antique with a natural pearl, diamond, ruby and cultured pearl necklace by Cartier. La Peregrina is seen here with an old mine cut and rose cut diamond and silver foliate bail, suspended from a circular cut diamond flame motif set with a pear-shaped ruby, spaced by a detachable pear-shaped ruby and natural pearl link, to the two-strand necklace, comprising of fifty-six natural pearls and four cultured pearls, intersected by eight circular cut diamond and cushion cut ruby flame motif plaques, mounted in platinum and gold. Previous owner of La Peregrina include Spanish Kings: Philip II, (1582-1598), Philip III, (1598-1621), Philip IV, (1621-1665), Charles II (1665-1700), Philip V (1700-1746), Fernando VI (1746-1759), Charles III (1759-1778), Carlos IV (1778-1808). As well as, Joseph Bonaparte, of France (1808-circa 1844), Prince Louis Napoleon, of France (circa 1844-circa 1848), Duke and Duchess of Abercorn (circa 1848-1914), and Elizabeth Taylor (1969-2011).
In 2011, this splendid pearl, diamond and ruby necklace sold at auction for USD $11,842,500.