Taylor Burton

The Taylor Burton diamond is, perhaps, the most famous diamond in Elizabeth Taylor’s collection, exceeding even the grandeur of the Krupp diamond. Originally set as a ring, Taylor found it too heavy and commissioned a necklace with custom setting for the stone. You can also create a custom jewelry piece with the splendor of the Taylor Burton with a precise replica from The Stonecutter.

Taylor Burton Diamond Specifications

Diamond Weight:
Replica Weight:
Weight of Rough:
Date Found:
Current Location:
68 carats
133.3 carats
36.3 x 25.0 X 25.4 mm
241 carats
Premier Mine in South Africa
Robert Mouawad Jewelers

Taylor Burton Diamond History

Unearthed in 1966, the Taylor Burton diamond has a short history. The rough stone was cut into a 69-carat pear that was bought by Harriet Annenberg Ames. Ames was afraid to wear the diamond in New York City, so she decided to sell it in 1969.

The Taylor Burton diamond was scheduled for auction on October 23, 1969, before which the diamond was flown to Switzerland so that Elizabeth Taylor could personally view it. Richard Burton set a maximum bid of $1 million for the stone, which was outdone by Cartier (winning bid of $1,050,000). Furious at his loss, Burton bought the stone from Cartier the next day for $1.1 million.

The Taylor Burton made its debut appearance on the neck of its famed wearer in Monaco where the couple were celebrating Princess Grace’s 40th birthday. Elizabeth Taylor also wore the Taylor Burton diamond to the 42nd Oscars as she announced the Academy Award for Best Picture.

A Collection to Rival Elizabeth Taylor’s

Although Richard Burton paid over $1 million for the diamond, you can add the beauty of this famous diamond to your collection for much less with a replica from The Stonecutter. The Stonecutter carefully crafts museum-quality replicas to ensure your stone has the same brilliance as the real Taylor Burton diamond. Order online and contact us for recommendations for jewelers to set the stone.

Museum-Quality Diamond Replicas by Scott Sucher


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