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The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The diamond was more a husband's act of penance to his wife rather than an act of love. After Richard Burton called Elizabeth Taylor's hands "ugly," "manly," "large," and "masculine" during a dinnertime spat, the actress turned the situation to her benefit. She insisted that he purchase what was then considered "the largest and most expensive diamond in the world" for her so that her hands would appear smaller and less hideous. He followed through, bought the 69.42-carat diamond, and simply told reporters it was a gift for his wife.