Diamonds are forever, or are they?
Famed actress Liz Taylor knows all about engagement rings
. Well, she should. She was married eight times in all, and twice to the same man, Richard Burton. Liz claims her long love affair with diamonds and other rare gem stones began when she was a child and she's been hoarding them ever since. Her jewellery collection is said to be worth a staggering $150 million. In her first marriage to Conrad Hilton Junior, in 1950, Liz received a four carat diamond platinum ring, which cost a reserved $10,000 at the time. Of course she was only a mere eighteen years of age, and went on to amass more husbands. With each new promising union, came a new opportunity to better the engagement ring
She married Richard Burton for the first time in 1964, and he thought nothing of splurging on a platinum-set Bulgari pendant with a 18.61 carat emerald
set in the centre. The perimeter was studded by sparkling diamonds
. When they divorced and subsequently remarried in 1975, Richard Burton went all out and bought the Grand Duchess of Russia’s emeralds. Add to that a further six engagement rings
which she acquired through a succession of other short marriage's and the mind boggles.
Considering none of these relationships lasted the test of time, the question begs to be asked. Was Liz more in love with her worldly possessions or was she indeed, just very unlucky in love? Her vast stash of pretty rocks remain the envy of many a covetous woman, and when push comes to shove, who among us would dare to say no to a nice piece of expensive jewellery. Especially when it's worth could secure our mortgage payments until the end of time. Sometimes though, a ring has nothing more than a sentimental value, and you can't put a price-tag on real love
. Rachel Pedersen from Minnesota
seems to think so. She felt so strongly about the the whole subject that she shared as much on her public Facebook page, and
the whole world agreed with her.CONTINUE ON THE NEXT PAGE...