I have had a fascination with 1940s and 50s movie stars since…well forever !

Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly…. Glamorous, sexy, confident beauties!

Their feminine dresses cinched in tight to accentuate their tiny waists, dangerously pointed cab to supper-club kitten heels and soft combed out curls…

men didn’t stand a chance !!

But the one thing that I adore the most was their incredible jewellery !!

Mostly gifts from lovers or adoring (and a few philandering ) husbands.

They were dripping in the most divine jewels!!!

Diamonds rings the size of ice-blocks balancing confidently on their well manicured fingers, strands of diamonds and pearl with hints of rubies, sapphires and emeralds draped adoringly around there beautiful necks ready to blind everyone when the paparazzis flashes lit up.

Elizabeth Taylor really was the doyenne of outrageously big, spectacular and beautiful jewellery. But, instead of storing the coveted pieces in a safe once acquired, she wore hers for the world to admire and see until the day she passed away.

Her most famous piece is a ring her husband Richard Burton bought for her. It was a 33.19 carat, Asscher cut diamond called the Krupp diamond which she had fashioned into a ring.

In 1969 Richard Burton also bought the divine Elizabeth Taylor the largest and most historic pearl in existence called…. La Peregrina. It is 55.95 carats or 11.2 grams and to this day is still one of the most perfectly symmetrical pear-shaped pearls in the world. He paid $37000 for it in 1969, and was sold at auction through Christies in 2011 for...are you ready ?? 11.8 million dollars !!!!

The rich history of this stunning pearl is particularly interesting and if you have a lazy afternoon free with a cuppa in hand it’s a quick but very interesting read