Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Emeralds Get a New Wearer: Julianne Moore

02/20/2013 at 11:15 AM ET

Julianne Moore Elizabeth TaylorNate Beckett/Splash News Online; Popperfoto/Getty

On Tuesday night, Julianne Moore did what few women would be able to: She did justice to one of Elizabeth Taylor‘s most prized pieces of jewelry.

The dazzling emerald-and-diamond necklace, purchased for Taylor by future husband Richard Burton while they were on location for Cleopatra in Rome, was a staple in the legendary star’s wardrobe; she even wore it to accept her Oscar in 1967.

It was one of eight Bulgari pieces that the jewelry house purchased from her 2011 Christie’s auction and now have on display at their Rodeo Drive flagship.

“The room absolutely stopped when [Moore] entered” in the necklace, a source at Bulgari’s pre-Oscars party, thrown to celebrate Taylor’s jewels, tells PEOPLE. “Kirsten Dunst exclaimed, ‘Are you wearing one of her pieces?'”

And Moore looked lovely in the necklace, which sold for more than $6 million at auction, though she went a distinctly non-Taylor route by offsetting it with sleek hair and a very simple Alexander McQueen dress. Regardless, we bet Taylor, who wore her fanciest jewelry to sit around the house, would have been pleased.

Tell us: What would you wear with Taylor’s $6 million emerald necklace?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jennifer Garcia

PHOTOS: SEE MORE OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S JAW DROPPING JEWELRY HERE!

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Lynn C on

That necklace is spectacular.

Kate on

Absolutely stunning on Julianne!!

Liz on

That doesn’t look like the same necklace to me.

Lisa on

I agree with an earlier comment–that does NOT look like the same necklace at all.

Danielle on

Taylor’s beauty was admire for the whole world, and her presence is missing in every Oscar presentation. God rest her soul.

Patricia on

@ Liz and Lisa its the same one in a different light, The necklace is one of a kind!!! Actually only Liz T can pull it off Julian M looks to plain for it, but thats my opinion.

Jane on

A “simple” Alexander McQueen dress. Nothing is simple about McQueen!!

Denise on

It doesn’t even look like the same necklace.

zaun on

that is surprising! how she got it i dont know.

BL on

It looks fantastic on Julianne Moore! I was worried that it was going to be someone tacky like Kim Kardashian…

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