Who knew America's Little Darling had such good taste in jewelry?

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated March 18, 2016 02:53 PM

Marilyn Monroe taught us unequivocally that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Elizabeth Taylor seconded that. And even though we don’t know what Shirley Temple had to say on the matter, we think this piece from her personal collection — which will to be auctioned for tens of millions of dollars — speaks for itself.

Credit: Courtesy Sotheby's

Courtesy Sotheby’s

And this isn’t just any old diamond ring, as you may have gathered from its staggering projected price tag. The ring is the crown jewel (so to speak) of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction taking place the weekend of April 19th in New York, and given not only the jewelry’s extremely famous owner, but also its centerpiece — a cushion-cut 9.54 carat extremely rare fancy blue diamond, completely surrounded by smaller diamonds — we can certainly see why. The ring is estimated to sell for between $25 to 35 million dollars, so if you’re looking to add this rock to your collection, you best bring your checkbook.

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Shirley Temple Rare Blue Diamond Ring

Courtesy Sotheby’s

If all of that wasn’t enough to induce a major wave of solitaire envy, just wait until you hear how this ring came into the actress’s possession. Temple’s father purchased this serious piece of jewelry for her in early 1940 to celebrate both her 12th birthday and the premiere of her film The Blue Bird, paying a mere $7,210 (which with inflation would only have cost him around $121,810 today). If this is the type of swag that comes with being “America’s Little Darling,” where do we sign up?

What do you think of Shirley Temple’s diamond ring? If you had the money, would you buy it?

–Emily Kirkpatrick