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For the past 10 years, we've had the honor & privilege of sharing Jacqueline Kennedy's story with you through the romance of her jewelry & accessories collection. From the start, we always knew that the pieces would be limited in availability & duration. Due to your amazing support & loyalty, we've enjoyed extending the timeline far beyond our original intentions. Now we feel it's time to bring this fabulous chapter to a close. We've rendered all the pieces in her collection that are currently available to us, and we'll continue to offer the line only as long as inventory exists.
Information provided by On-Air Guest Phil Katz.
Reproduction Engagement Ring
History of the Original
John F. Kennedy went to shop for Jackie’s engagement ring with a dear friend from his Navy years named Lem Billings. They had spent hours looking through rings at Van Cleef & Arpels in New York when Senator Kennedy finally asked for one of their top designers to help design a ring that was traditional in style but that no one else had. After a few weeks, a series of designs were submitted to JFK, and he immediately picked out his favorite. He thought it best to surprise Jackie and did not ask her for her thoughts on the matter – a slight miscalculation. Jackie had long dreamed to pick out an engagement ring with her intended. Although she had to admit it was one the most beautiful rings she had ever seen, Jackie was disappointed in what she called Jack’s “old-fashioned” ways. Incidentally, Jackie also wanted a sleek and modern wedding dress but finally succumbed to Jack’s wishes for a more traditional, frilly dress.
The original ring was made with a flawless Colombian Emerald, surrounded by fine, flawless diamonds, including a marquise-cut lower row and a round-cut upper row. The emerald was Jack’s choice, as it represented the “Emerald Isle” of Ireland. The emerald would show up in a few more very important gifts he would present to Jackie.
The replica is made in sterling silver with more than three microns of 24K gold (120 mils. thick), a style known as vermeil. The stones in the replica are cubic zirconia, cut by one of the finest stonecutters in Asia, while the center emerald was created especially for this ring by Swarovski.
The original ring was remodeled by Jackie in 1962, using the services of Van Cleef & Arpels to make it a bypass design. Jackie was so unsure of the redesign, she had a paste model made and wore it for six months before deciding to go ahead with the changes. The completed ring, along with Jackie’s Berry Pin, is kept behind bulletproof glass at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.Information supplied by Camrose & Kross.