|Pictured: No it’s not the Krupp diamond, it’s KLJ’s ravishing beauty ring from QVC.com|
I can’t find any official announcement that QVC and Kenneth Jay Lane have partnered to recreate pieces from Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection, but if you check out QVC.com, the proof is there. Looking through the KLJ collection tonight online, I found the ravishing beauty ring which resembles the Krupp diamond, the KJL La Peregrina Simulated Pearl Enhancer with Chain, the KJL Pave’ Girandole Earrings (similar to a pair Dame Elizabeth owned) and the “If it’s Tuesday” tear drop earrings very similar to the Bvlgari emerald earrings Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor one Tuesday in Rome. Reading through the product descriptions, there is no mention of Ms. Taylor, however it is noted that with proceeds from the ravishing beauty ring “the manufacturer will donate $5.45 from the sale of each item to amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.” amFar was well known as Ms. Taylor’s foundation to benefit AIDs, so I think we know whose style is being emulated here with this passing node to her charity. The description for the KJL Beloved Pear Shape Ring notes that Andy Warhol once said, “It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a big ring on Elizabeth Taylor’s finger.” This pear shaped ring is a homage to one of her engagement rings from Richard Burton, although it’s no where near as gorgeous as the original. The “I’m Sorry” Heart Shaped pendant can’t compare to the Taj Mahal replica Cartier diamond heart pendant that Burton had made to give to Taylor, or the faithful replica of the Taj diamond that Avon did a few years ago sanctioned by Taylor herself. But then, again, the QVC price is much cheaper than the Cartier or Avon price.
|Pictured: The KLJ Duchess Feather Brooch was part of last year’s QVC Royally Chic Collection|
I haven’t seen any of the new KLJ pieces, but I do own the KLJ copy of the Duchess of Windsor’s Prince of Wales Diamond Brooch (QVC sent me one as a PR sample.) The brooch was bought by Elizabeth Taylor from the Duchess of Windsor’s estate auction. QVC had it online last year and it was an immediate sellout. It is now back in stock for $124.00 US. I really like this QVC replica piece. I’ve seen other copies of this brooch (see Carolee’s version) and they are not as faithful or as striking as the QVC reproduction of the original. If you read the online ratings, other QVC customers gave the brooch high ratings for quality. It’s a faithful reproduction of the originals sans actual diamonds of course. Of course, everything in the KLJ La Liz tribute collection is made in China, but we can’t all have a gorgeous husband like Richard Burton running out to Bvlgari, Southeby’s or private dealers to spend millions on us, know can we? At least I can’t. Look for more of KLJ on QVC this Wed, Dec. 28th,2012 at 5 am to 7 am EST. By my count there are 18 pieces in the new KLJ for QVC collection that replicate pieces in Elizabeth Taylor’s collection. I bet a lot of these pieces sell out. With the dust still settling on the Christie’s auction, QVC is very smart to bring their KLJ collection to market while Ms. Taylor’s memory is still vibrant. The public is still not over their over affair with those amazing violet eyes.
Overstock.com has also put out some Elizabeth Taylor replica jewelry on their site, including a Krupp diamond look a like. However, I think QVC has a better selection of pieces. In addition to the Krupp doppleganger, Overstock has a Taylor Burton diamond replica and a bow brooch from Cano. Meh.