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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring and I was hooked,” explained Elizabeth Taylor to a journalist who asked about her love of jewelry. Although she might have been joking, there is a lot of truth in her humor. Taylor’s collection is a sparkling scrapbook of her life from chock-full 1950s gold charm bracelets to a Loree Rodkin sapphire set she received from Elton John on her eightieth birthday. The most stunning pieces were gifts from her true love Richard Burton. Here we take a look at some of the best and the brightest jewels in the collection to be sold at Christie’s in New York on December 13 and 14.

— Marion Fasel