Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain attended a special 50th anniversary screening of Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic film “Cleopatra” at the Cannes Film Festival last night, and she undoubtedly chose the most apppropriate accessory for the occasion: one of Taylor’s amazing pieces of fine jewelry.
The Oscar-nomiated actress complemented her cream-colored Versace gown with a diamond-and-sapphire Bulgari necklace from Taylor’s personal collection. The bauble is a statement necklace to say the least—the center stone, a stunning sapphire from Burma, weighs a remarkable 52.72 carats. At a 2011 Christie’s auction of Taylor’s jewels, the necklace was expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000—but instead was sold for nearly $6 million.
“I didn’t want to know how much it was worth,” Chastain told People magazine. “It was so thrilling to wear it, but I was overwhelmed too. It was a little scary. I was the first person to wear it since Elizabeth. I felt as if I was able to spend the day with her today by wearing the necklace.”
Click through the gallery above to see the bauble from multiple angles, as well as some of Taylor’s other prized pieces of jewelry!