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The Taylor-Burton Diamond
30 Nov 2012
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 Elizabeth Taylor was given many costly gifts by her erstwhile husband Richard Burton. However, in 1972, Burton got her a 40th birthday gift that surpassed all of his other gifts. The 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond that was gifted came from a rough stone found in South Africa. Cartier jewelers purchased the diamond for USD $1,050,000. The “Taylor-Burton” diamond was displayed by Cartier in New York and Chicago even after it was sold to Burton. Elizabeth Taylor auctioned the diamond for USD 5 million in 1978. The present value of this diamond is not known.

Cost: The Taylor-Burton diamond cost Richard Burton over a million dollars USD.




The beautiful Taj Mahal
30 Nov 2012
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 The beautiful Taj Mahal has been hailed over the centuries as the everlasting embodiment of true love. This breathtaking structure is constructed entirely of white marble and is a real to watch in the moonlight. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to celebrate his love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is mute testament to the lengths a person will go to declare their love and devotion.

Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess was Emperor Shah Jahan’s one true love. She died when she was 39 years while giving birth to the couple’s 14th child. Her death shattered the great emperor, who built this lasting monument, a mausoleum more beautiful than any the world had seen before, to honor her last wish. Construction began in 1632 and it took 22 long years, and 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete the mammoth mausoleum.

Cost: The total cost towards building this great monument is estimated to be about 32 million Indian Rupees at that time (1653), which would be 710,000 USD approximately.

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The Orlov diamond cost 400,000 Russian Rubles
30 Nov 2012
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 The Russian empress Catherine the Great lavished gifts on Count Grigory Orlov, a military commander. She gifted him 800 serfs, built a magnificent palace for him, and bought him the Gatchina country estate near St Petersburg. In return, the Count gave her unique diamond that was half as big as a pigeon’s egg, in 1798. The diamond was named the Orlov and was incorporated into her scepter. The Orlov is considered priceless, as no value has been placed on it yet. The Orlov diamond weighs 198.62 carats and is of a blue-green color.

Cost: The Orlov diamond cost 400,000 Russian Rubles in 1798, a very princely sum indeed.




Beyonce Knowles’s Ring
30 Nov 2012
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 Singer Beyonce Knowles received a stunning 18-carat flawless diamond set in platinum, presently valued at over $5 million. Designed by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, the ring is one of a kind that’s been insured or an equal amount. The same designer has created pieces for Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez. Beyonce, however, also has a $5,000 imitation ring that she wears in the public, for safety.

Cost: Rapper Jay-Z paid 5 million dollars USD for the 18-carat engagement diamond that graces his wife Beyonce’s ring finger.