RARE picture of the Taylor-Burton Diamond in 1973 as a ring. The Taylor-Burton Diamond, 1969. It was found in the rough at the Premier mine in South Africa. It weighed 241 cts until Harry Winston cut it into the 69.42 ct pear shaped it has today Her most famous gem this is a 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond that Richard Burton purchased at auction for over $1 million. It was originally set in a ring. "But even for me it was too big," Taylor said. "So we had Cartier design a necklace." .