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What Would Liz Do?

Christina Ricci and Co. Channel Elizabeth Taylor at Chopard's Anniversary Celebration

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Talk about gilding the lily: Last night, in celebration of the company's 150th anniversary, Chopard injected a whole bunch of extra glitter into the Frick Collection, taking an uptown mansion that's already full of important art and making it sparkle with diamonds (not to mention a cadre of A-listers, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Claire Danes, who were more than happy to wear them).

The Chopard collection in the spotlight, Animal World, consists of 150 unique pieces inspired by fauna from all corners of the globe. A koala-shaped diamond ring, a whip-tailed gecko bracelet made out of Paraiba tourmaline—there was nothing typical about the baubles on display inside the closely guarded moss-lined boxes. Eugenia Silva tossed her hair back to give the room a better look at the swallow-inspired earrings she had on. "I'm an animal!" she announced, laughing as she took flight toward her dinner seat.

While Chopard's co-president and artistic director, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, busied herself explaining a few pieces to Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci confessed that she'd only opted for big earrings after asking herself what Liz would have done. "I channel Elizabeth Taylor when I'm scared or nervous," said the actress, who flew over from the London set where she'd been filming Bel Ami with Robert Pattinson. "I'll just say to myself, 'Elizabeth Taylor's not afraid of anyone!' "

Ricci, it turned out, couldn't be persuaded to stay and schmooze over dinner. "I'm going to take some pictures with somebody, and then I'm off," she said. Liz might have done that, too.

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