From Queen Elizabeth II’s jewelry box containing over 1,000 covetable pieces to Elizabeth Taylor’s multi-million dollar jewelry collection, vintage celebrities definitely knew how to accessorize. As diamonds remain one of life’s true luxuries, CR looks back on the sparkly gems that famous women once wore.
ARCHIVE PHOTOSGETTY IMAGES AUDREY HEPBURN Henry B. Platt, great-grandson of the founder of Tiffany’s adjusts a diamond necklace on Hepburn during the first day of filming Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While this necklace was one of the most expensive in the jewelry store at the time, she ultimately wore a multi-strand Roger Scemama pearl necklace in the film.
BETTE DAVIS Davis wears a sparkly necklace with equally sparkly earrings.
GETTY IMAGES CHRISTY TURLINGTON Turlington stuns in an oversized jeweled collar and key earrings.
COCO CHANEL Chanel’s strands of pearls represented the same level of luxury as her brand came to be known by, and inspired jewelry later included in the fashion house’s designs.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR Taylor racked up an impressive jewelry collection that broke auction records. This five-piece suite of emerald and diamonds by Bulgari included a necklace, bracelet, earring, ring, and brooch, which she wore in her hair.
GETTY IMAGES FAYE DUNAWAY Dunaway’s arm candy, by Butler & Wilson, makes a statement.
GINGER ROGERS The actress wears an ultra-sparkly necklace and earrings.
GLORIA VANDERBILT Pictured with the renowned photographer Richard Avedon, Vanderbilt wears statement earrings with a layered choker necklace.
GRACE KELLY The actress wears a gorgeous bib-style necklace with coordinating earrings.
INGRID BERGMAN The actress’ diamond necklace and earrings look even more luxe when paired with a fur coat. Plus, the hairpiece is the cherry on top.
GETTY IMAGES JACKIE KENNEDY ONASSIS Jackie O had a penchant for wearing pearls.
JANE BIRKIN With glamorous options laid out for her, Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg pick out a diamond necklace for her to take home.
JOAN CRAWFORD Crawford’s water drop style necklace with matching earrings are classically beautiful.
LUCILLE BALL The I Love Lucy star wears a flower-themed necklace and earring set that reflects her playful quality.
MADONNA The star wore these Harry Winston jewels reportedly worth $20 million to the 1991 Academy Awards.
MARILYN MONROE In this famous scene from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monroe aptly sings “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.”
MARLENE DIETRICH Dietrich shows off her set of jewelry in this glamour shot.
PRINCESS DIANA Princess Diana also wore some precious jewels in her lifetime, like the Spencer diamond tiara and Saudi Arabia sapphire and diamond necklace and earrings, pictured here.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II As a royal, wearing fabulous jewelry is part of the job description. Here, Queen Elizabeth wears the Jubilee Necklace and a diamond brooch with a pearl drop inherited from Queen Mary. Her diamond and pearl tiara and earrings are just as lust-worthy.
SOPHIA LOREN Loren wears a glamorous necklace and earrings set.
VERUSCHKA The model wears a stunning collar necklace by Jack Gilbert.
ZSA ZSA GABOR Gabor, who differentiated “working diamonds” from her other even more fabulous finery, was known for her immensely valuable jewelry collection and wears $600,000 worth of jewels in this picture alone.