Ben Affleck walked into Tiffany’s in Century City this week and everyone assumed he went to see a diamond. “Ben Affleck Browses Engagement Rings at Tiffany’s Amid Jennifer Lopez’s Reunion” was the headline. He was with his mother and son. It was in public and in the middle of the day and for all to see. And wow, we really want that to happen, don’t we. Why? A recent New York Times podcast, hosted by Dodai Stewart with Michael Gold, asked the question. Longing was an answer. We yearn for those Bennifer’s days gone by and who we all were back then.
If the root of our Bennifer’s obsession is rooted in the past, can we go back a little further than the earliest days? Instead, let’s land in 1957.
A friend had a camera when Mike Todd gave Elizabeth Taylor a Cartier ruby and diamond necklace in the pool at Villa Fiorentina in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. And so, we can, in silent movie stills, see what Liz Taylor looked like when someone brought her jewelry. Happy, very, very happy. I thought of that footage when these footage of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on the yacht came out, the one where they seem to recreate a scene from the Jenny From the Block video. If we replay moments from the past, what about the one with the Cartier rubies in the pool? And if we graft fantasies onto a visit to Tiffany’s, can we add that moment too? Bennifer in the pool with diamonds? Imagine this Instagram post.
Liz Taylor — J Lo parallels have already been drawn — the great glamor, the sometimes messy great love, the engagement rings, the sometimes provocative cohesive reminders of outrageous talent — and Bennifer’s reunion has now drawn the line further. Are they our Dick and Liz? If we are looking for other parallels to draw, why not use jewelry as a comparative model? Taylor was of course seduced by this – she once told a reporter that when Burton gave her jewelry, she “would get so horny that I would jump on her and practically make love to her in Bulgari.”
Jewelry gifts also mark this romantic timeline. Bennifer’s return began with watching a watch. A fan account noted that Affleck was wearing a watch that looked a lot like the one Lopez first gave him when he was seen leaving his apartment in Miami. Soon after, Lopez was seen wearing a bracelet that looked a lot like the one Harry Winston Affleck had given him years earlier. There were reports of the Foundrae necklaces he gave her for her 52sd birthday and of course zoomed in on the paparazzi images of the initial necklace she wore this summer: BEN
There is also the pink diamond engagement ring, the most remarkable Bennifer piece of jewelry of all. Ben Affleck turned out to be a stone scholar seeing the value and rarity of pink diamonds long before the market at large spread (the ring, which is said to have cost Affleck around $ 1.2 million Harry Winston, could be worth up to $ 11 million today.)
And so back to that video of Liz Taylor in the pool and the glorious distraction that a recreation of Bennifer could provide right now. This ruby and diamond necklace sold at auction from Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Collection for almost $ 4 million. Rubies, symbols of nobility, purity and passion, seem a fitting reflection of Bennifer 2.0 and they also happen to be the birthstone of Jennifer Lopez (a Leo, July 24). Cartier’s new Haute Joaillerie collection happens to have a one-of-a-kind necklace that bears some resemblance to the one Todd gave Taylor. And there’s a delicate Van Cleef ruby and diamond flower necklace by Van Cleef that could even work in layering with the Foundrae gold necklaces. And since Harry Winston already has all of your credit card details, what about the ruby and diamond necklace they just made based on the one they found in their archives? So ruby, that’s an idea.
But given Affleck’s jewelry history and foresight in choosing a pink diamond, maybe he’ll want something more unusual, a stone from jewelry collectors and connoisseurs if you will. . Mr. Affleck, have you looked at any spinel shops? They look like rubies (the Imperial Crown of England spinel is actually mistakenly known as the Black Prince’s Ruby), are highly prized, and are rapidly gaining in value and appreciation. And there is this 131.21 carat spinel at the center of a High Jewelry necklace from Bulgari, the fourth largest known spinel in the world. It has history, is adjacent to royalty, and looks like a solid investment. It could be Bennifer Part Deux’s pink diamond.
Is this where the mind goes after reading an article again about Ben Affleck buying jewelry? This Times podcast explained the nostalgia fueling our Bennifer’s fantasies as a way to access that part of yourself that didn’t care about the fate of the world, the virus, and climate change. And for the few minutes you took to read this, I hope it was true. A video of Ben and Jen in a swimming pool wearing a Bulgari spinel collar might also work.
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