Celebrities and their penchant for bling harkens back to the glamour days of old Hollywood when actresses like Elizabeth Taylor stole the silver screen from anyone who dared co-star with them. The celebrity affiliation with diamonds continues as few careers offer the opportunity to wear or purchase the types of gems that adorn the necks, fingers and ears of these beauties. Here are a few of the more memorable celebrities and their glamorous diamond treasures.

Elizabeth Hurley, actress, model and spokesperson for Estee Lauder, received a 15.09 Asscher cut diamond engagement ring from her then boyfriend Arun Nayar. The ring set in white gold was later accompanied by a wedding band with 20 square-cut diamonds with a total weight of 3.91 carats.

The late actress Brittney Murphy was honored by her fiancé with two engagement rings. The first was a 5 carat diamond yellow diamond surround by a ring of smaller white diamonds. The second was a 6.5-carat cushion cut diamond resting on a diamond-encrusted band.

Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks was at one time engaged to actor Nick Cannon who provided her with a 15-carat, cushion cut diamond Jacob & Co. engagement ring. Though the couple is no longer together, Selita got custody of the ring and if I were her, I would sell my diamond for cash!

The big diamond news in 2007 was the engagement ring Tracey Edmonds, entertainment producer and business mogul, received from fiancé Eddie Murphy. He presented her with an 8 carat Cartier yellow diamond.

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A rough yellow diamond of the same type as the Tracey Edmonds engagement ring.

Actress Kate Walsh was presented with a Neil Lane Jubilee cut diamond engagement ring from her fiancé Alex Young while on San Francisco holiday in 2007.

Marilyn Monroe, perhaps the most memorable and beautiful woman of all time embodied the Hollywood actress’s glamour associated with diamonds. Her song, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” secured the image of her together with the brilliant baubles forever. In truth, she did not own much authentic jewelry but often wore diamonds in her films and publicity photos like The Moon of Baroda, a 24 carat, pear shaped yellow diamond.

Nicole Kidman, another stunning actress who also sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, wore a 19th- century diamond necklace of 150 carats as a choker to this year’s Oscar ceremony.

In the history of diamonds, one of the most famous is the Krupp diamond. The 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond was a gift from Richard Burton to his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1968. She continues to wear this diamond in a ring setting where ever she goes.

Another famous Taylor/Burton diamond is the Taj Mahal diamond. The heart shaped stone with Arabic inscriptions was given to Taylor by Burton for her 40th birthday. Taylor has continued to collect jewelry throughout her life, amassing diamond jewels untouchable by the standards of the common person’s means.

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The Harry Winston designed Hope Diamond necklace.

When it comes to information on diamonds, it would seem Taylor and Burton have a lock on the market. The largest and definitely most memorable of Burton’s gifts to his wife came to be known as the Taylor/ Burton diamond. The 69.42-carat pear-shape Winston diamond came from a rough cut stone that originally measured 240.80 carats. Taylor’s stone was rated as D-color Flawless.

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