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Taylor wearing the Taylor-Burton Diamond in a necklace by Cartier featuring a number of smaller pear-shaped diamonds
|Weight||68 carats ( g)|
|Country of origin||South Africa|
|Mine of origin||Premier Diamond Mine|
|Cut by||Harry Winston|
|Original owner||Harriet Annenberg Ames|
|Current owner||Robert Mouawad|
The diamond was originally owned by Harriet Annenberg Ames. It was subsequently purchased at auction by Robert Kenmore, owner of the luxury brand Cartier, for a then record $1,050,000. It is regarded as the world's first million-dollar diamond—although other stones may have previously changed hands privately for seven figures or more, this was the first one to do so at a public auction.
The sale of the diamond carried with it naming rights, and it was named "The Cartier Diamond". The Cartier company placed the diamond into a diamond necklace.
Richard Burton, whose auction agent had dropped out of the bidding when the price broached the $1 million threshold, subsequently purchased the diamond for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, soon after the auction. Cartier parted with the diamond for a small premium (Burton is believed to have paid $1.1 million for the diamond) due to the great publicity that the sale generated, Burton and Taylor then being top movie stars and arguably the most famous couple in the world. Taylor wore it publicly on a necklace for the first time at Princess Grace of Monaco's 40th birthday celebration held in Monaco. She also wore it to the Academy Awards in 1970. At this time, it was known as the "Cartier-Burton Diamond", and it was featured on the Here's Lucy episode "Lucy Meets the Burtons". The episode, which co-starred Taylor and Burton along with series headliner Lucille Ball, was aired on September 14, 1970 and inaugurated the third season of Here's Lucy.
Its current owner is Robert Mouawad, who had the diamond recut to 68.0 carats (13.6 g).
See also 
- The Taylor-Burton Diamond, by DiamonDiva
- "Remembering Elizabeth Taylor: The Taylor-Burton Diamond, 1969". instyle.com.
- Famous Diamonds
- Bragg, Melvyn (1988). Richard Burton: A Life. Boston: Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316-10595-3.
- "Fashion PhD". Elizabeth Taylor-Icon,Legend ...and Jewelery Expert. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "Famous Diamonds: The Taylor-Burton Diamond". Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "Taylor-Burton Diamond". about.com.