At a frenzied bidding session in 1969, a 69.42-carat diamond made auction history, becoming the first diamond to sell for more than one million dollars. The buyer was Cartier. Two days later, one man became utterly determined to give this stone to his wife. The man was Richard Burton and his wife was Elizabeth Taylor. Cartier agreed to sell it to Burton on the condition the diamond be displayed in the windows of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue boutique. Over several days, the Cartier-Burton-Taylor diamond attracted queues of thousands who came to admire a diamond destined for a star. And if that’s not a fairytale jewel, I don’t know what is.