It’s common for a star like Julianne Moore to spend an evening in borrowed jewels, but Tuesday saw the actress don dramatic pieces from the private collection of none other than Elizabeth Taylor.
Luxury jeweler Bulgari has acquired eight of its own creations back from the estate of the late actress, and marked the occasion with a seated dinner and afterparty at its Beverly Hills flagship.
Two armed guards tailed Moore while she was in possession of the goods – an insane step-cut emerald brooch from Taylor’s engagement setting (given to her by Richard Burton) with a necklace to match.
Moore rocked the brooch, described by one partygoer as "worth millions," surrounded in 12 pearl-shaped diamonds. The piece attached to the necklace by hook.
“It’s like getting two for the price of one,” Taylor was quoted as saying when she received it in 1964, according to Bulgari.
Other ladies enjoying the merchandise were Drew Barrymore, Kate Walsh, and Kirsten Dunst, who was sans beau Garrett Hedlund but enjoying a date night with her mom.
An Italian garden theme was in place – a nod to the Rome set of “Cleopatra” where Taylor and Burton fell in love – and featured ornate shrubs, columns, and lacquered outdoor dining furniture.
Thankfully the scene wasn’t actually al fresco since it was pouring rain in Beverly Hills. The Bulgari team had a first class solution, however.
Dozens of valets with umbrellas escorted guests to the storefront then across the street, where dinner was staged atop a parking garage.
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