Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of jewellery was a reflection of who she was as a person, her granddaughter has said in an interview.
Ahead of a documentary exploring the huge auction of jewellery that was once owned by Taylor, Pandora spoke to Naomi deLuce Wilding about her grandmother’s jewels and how they have influenced her own style choices.
Speaking about the incredible collection, which included diamond rings and gold jewellery, Wilding said Taylor always chose to wear designs that were true to who she was.
“She was completely true to herself in her style. She wore what made her feel good – usually this involved a stunning piece of jewellery given by someone she deeply loved – and rarely cared what others thought. She certainly wasn’t afraid to take risks,” Wilding told the brand’s official magazine.
An auction of items that had belonged to Elizabeth Taylor held at Christie’s auction house in New York saw her entire jewellery collection sell for $116 million (£72 million), with celebrities including Kim Kardashian, who purchased bangles.
It included the 33.19-carat diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton and the La Peregrina pearl, which had once belonged to Mary Tudor.
The sale also saw the highest recorded values for any single collection hosted by the auctioneers.
When talking about her own jewellery choices and the designs she likes to wear, Wilding told the publication she prefers what appeals to her, rather than following specific trends.
She added that taking a visit to Taylor’s home as a child had a big impact on her future choice to become a fashion stylist, thanks to the wealth of incredible clothes and shoes that she found there.
Wilding has her own successful career in the fashion industry, working as a stylist to stars including Jennifer Biel and Keira Knightley, as well as on photoshoots for magazines Vanity Fair and French Vogue.