Jessica Chastain: Resplendent at Cannes in Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels


In fitting tribute to the love affair that bloomed between Elizabeth Taylor and Bulgari during and after the filming of Cleopatra, the Cannes red carpet for the 50th Anniversary viewing was dripping in gems. Most noticeably, however, was the majestic bling that Jessica Chastainwas lucky enough to wear for the evening.

As we reported, Chastain was tapped to host the celebration and wear a piece previously owned by Taylor. For her evening, the star chose to accent her white Versace gown with a sapphire-and-diamond sautoir with a 65-carat center stone by Bulgari. Initially, Richard Burton gifted Taylor with the necklace for her 40th birthday, only one of many pieces from the design house in her collection. The necklace is one of eight pieces that Bulgari bought back from Taylor's collection during the 2011 Christies auction.

“I feel so lucky to be wearing them. They looked so fabulous on her and she was a movie star from her head to her toes,” said Chastain. “That kind of glamorous star doesn't exist anymore but their diamonds do.”

While the Cannes celebration was certainly a star studded—and gem studded—event, the anniversary continues. Cleopatra will be re-released in 200 theaters on May 22nd and on Blu-ray disk on May 28th, honoring Taylor's moment as the Egyptian queen, the epic film, and the romance that resulted.