Shiralee Coleman

Girls Best Friend

It was love at first sight. As soon as I walked into that room, I just knew!
I saw those emeralds shining at me and thought – this was meant to be.
I love the story behind this necklace. On a break from shooting Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor took a stroll to Bulgari with Richard Burton. “Richard was so romantic that he’d use any excuse to give me a piece of jewellery,” Taylor wrote. “He’d give me ‘It’s a beautiful day’ presents or ‘Let’s go for a walk’ presents. Over the years I’ve come to think of these as my ‘It’s Tuesday, I love you’ jewellery.” Taylor was given a choice between two spectacular emerald necklaces. “I tried on the huge one, then the smaller one, the huge one, then the smaller one. By this time we had been joined by Bob, a dear friend and Richard’s dresser for years. Richard asked him which he preferred. Bob couldn’t decide either. Taylor tried them on one more time and said, ‘Richard, I think I like the smaller one.’ Bob said, ‘Mr. B., you can’t hardly get girls like that no more!'”
This Bulgari replica can be hired through Exquisite Jewellery for Hire – Helena has the MOST incredible collection of jewellery I have ever seen. Vintage pieces by all the top design houses, and head pieces that I could only dream of.
I have styled the necklace with this Nookie Snake Eyes crop and pencil skirt set – which I love. Nookie is addictive – described as “the brooding envy of every edgy, cheeky, free-spirited girl that unknowingly holds natural style power.” How strong! You can purchase this outfit here
Photos by Nathalie Saruhashi

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