She once famously stated: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and dogs are a man’s best friend. Now you know which sex has more sense!” Now a diamond rivière necklace that once belonged to actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor – the women who stated she had never met a diamond she didn’t like – will be a sparkling highlight of Bonhams New York’s Fine Jewellery Sale on December 4.
The necklace, created by legendary American jeweler Harry Winston in 1964, features 45 graduated round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of 66 carats, and is estimated at US$1,200,000-1,500,000 (£910,000 to £1,140,000).
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a self-confessed jewelry lover, just about every photograph taken of the actress features her wearing magnificent earrings, bracelets and necklaces, all dripping in diamonds. These sent the jewelry world buzzing with excitement with people asking how many carats she was wearing and the designer behind each piece.
Susan Abeles, Head of Jewelry for Bonhams US, said, “Zsa Zsa Gabor’s life was all about ‘more is more fabulous’ and when it came to jewelry, it was always ‘more, more, more’. She was the definition of Old Hollywood glamor, a rare breed of fabulous, and this necklace epitomizes the starlet’s personality to a tee: it’s not just gorgeous, it is over-the-top gorgeous!
“This necklace is the quintessential center of any collection. Only this necklace takes the classic diamond necklace, which goes with everything, to another level of superior quality, signature and provenance; it is absolutely breathtaking. As a result, we’re anticipating that there will be a lot of interest in it given the wonderful provenance of its original owner.”