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Jessica Chastain Wears Elizabeth Taylor’s Sapphire Necklace To ‘Cleopatra’ Screening In Cannes

Jessica Chastain Wears Elizabeth Taylor’s Sapphire Necklace To ‘Cleopatra’ Screening In Cannes

May 22nd, 2013
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  • 'Cleopatra' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    Jeassica Chastain attended the premiere of "Cleopatra" at the Cannes Film Festival wearing a cream-colored Versace gown, which played backdrop to a stunning sapphire and diamond Bulgari necklace from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection of jewels. The necklace features a 321-carat Burmese sapphire pendant as its centerpiece.

    Photo: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain
  • 'Cleopatra' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    A closer look at the stone reveals its magnitude.

    Photo: Getty Images / Vittorio Zunino Celotto
  • BVLGARI Celebrates Elizabeth Taylor's Magnificent Collection Of BVLGARI Jewelry - Inside

    When not around Chastain's neck, the necklace is on display at Bulgari's Los Angeles store as part of a special exhibition of Taylor's extensive collection of jewels.

    Photo: Getty Images / Michael Buckner
  • 'Cleopatra' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    Chastain takes a closer look at the center bauble. She is the first person to wear the necklace since Taylor herself.

    Photo: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole
  • Elizabeth Taylor - File Photos

    Taylor was well-known for her undying love for diamonds, and her jewelry collection is worth millions of dollars.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / Kevin Mazur
  • Elizabeth-Taylor-Feb-2007.jpg

    Taylor wore her fine jewelry pieces well into her graceful old age.

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures /

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain attended a special 50th anniversary screening of Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic film “Cleopatra” at the Cannes Film Festival last night, and she undoubtedly chose the most apppropriate accessory for the occasion: one of Taylor’s amazing pieces of fine jewelry.

The Oscar-nomiated actress complemented her cream-colored Versace gown with a diamond-and-sapphire Bulgari necklace from Taylor’s personal collection. The bauble is a statement necklace to say the least—the center stone, a stunning sapphire from Burma, weighs a remarkable 52.72 carats. At a 2011 Christie’s auction of Taylor’s jewels, the necklace was expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000—but instead was sold for nearly $6 million.

“I didn’t want to know how much it was worth,” Chastain told People magazine. “It was so thrilling to wear it, but I was overwhelmed too. It was a little scary. I was the first person to wear it since Elizabeth. I felt as if I was able to spend the day with her today by wearing the necklace.”

Click through the gallery above to see the bauble from multiple angles, as well as some of Taylor’s other prized pieces of jewelry!

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