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Diamond Bracelet and Ring, Given to Elizabeth Taylor from Michael Jackson, On Display at Our Princeton and Red Bank Locations

*Originally published December 2011

Hamilton Jewelers, on behalf of clients wishing to add to their collections, have purchased two items from the Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s.  Our clients have generously offered to display the two items, a bracelet and a ring from Ms. Taylor’s esteemed collection, at our Princeton location from December 21 to 26th and in our Red Bank location from December 27 to the 31.

President and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers, Hank Siegel, was at the auction placing bids on behalf of the Company, as well as Hamilton clients.  Two of the items purchased by Hamilton are historically significant pieces, a diamond bracelet with varying diamond cuts and a similarly described ring, both set in platinum, given to Ms. Taylor by Michael Jackson.

“I was attending to bid on several items for Hamilton, as well as for Hamilton clients wishing to add to their collections,” said Hank Siegel.  “For them, my role was an advisor and consultant. I met personally with each of these clients in advance of the auction, reviewed the collection and set priorities for bidding. Knowing that the clients were extremely excited and anxious, I phoned each of them just as the auction began, and then when the lots they were looking to acquire came up.”

The collection was by far the most important ever to come to auction in a single event, with meticulous care on the part of Christie’s to arrange the lots and varying the type and styles of the jewels, collectibles and memorabilia for optimal interest.

To provide a frame of reference, attendees were shown a brief presentation featuring famous scenes and highlights from Elizabeth Taylor’s films, such as Cleopatra and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

“There is no question that there will be jewelry design trends which will emerge from this event, “said Hank Siegel.  “Ms. Taylor obviously loved amethyst and coral in combination, as there were many pieces in the collection with this colorful design.   I think the “ping pong rings” might also be something to watch – the idea of a stack of three solitaire diamond rings with smaller center diamonds.”

A DIAMOND RING. Set with a rectangular-cut diamond, weighing approximately 3.37 carats, within a tapered baguette-cut and circular-cut diamond surround, to the tapered baguette-cut diamond shoulders, mounted in platinum.

THE MICHAEL JACKSON DIAMOND BRACELET Centering upon a line of five rectangular-cut diamonds, within an arched baguette-cut and circular-cut diamond oval-shaped frame, to the three-row circular-cut diamond band and clasp of similar design, mounted in platinum, 6¾ ins.

Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson at the American Music Awards in 1986. Jackson and Taylor became friends in the 1980s. She was quoted as saying “I loved Michael with all my soul…We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, 'To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever,' " Taylor added. " 'And, I will love HIM forever."

Images courtesy of Christie’s and Billboard.com.

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