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Elizabeth Taylor (source: Jewels du Jour)

Today is Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the day that Taylor was presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the 65th Academy Awards for her commitment to the war on AIDS.

In my not-so-humble opinion, there are really just two twentieth-century jewelry icons: Taylor and Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. They were both such supernovas of style that anyone else who has become famous for wearing spectacular jewelry is virtually eclipsed by the magnitude of their stardom.

Unlike the celebrities of today, Taylor was known for buying her own jewelry. Nevertheless, she actually borrowed the Van Cleef and Arpels necklace and earrings that she wore to 1993 Oscars. However, she liked it so much that she purchased it along with a matching brooch.

The suite itself is comprised of white and yellow diamonds, accented by carved chrysoprase leaves, all set in 18K gold.

There are a few things that could make me look at a piece of jewelry and decide that it gave me Pisces vibes: color-changing stones; whimsical design; mixed-media construction. The most important thing, however, for me to associate anything with Pisces (or any of the water signs, for that matter) is some mythology or a connection to the past. The idea that a piece actually hung around the neck of Elizabeth Taylor is enough for me.

If the phrase “Hollywood royalty” was coined to describe anyone, it was her. I don’t recommend dressing like a fairy princess, but if anyone can get away with that sort of whimsy, it’s a Pisces woman. If that’s what you want to do, then go for it. In twenty-five years from now, maybe I’ll be blogging about your fabulous jewelry.

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