Jackie’s Jewels

Every once in awhile I will be channel surfing and I’ll come across the Jacqueline Kennedy Collection show on QVC as I did last night. All the reproduction pieces are accompanied with fascinating stories of how she came to own the pieces. Many are from JFK who as it turns out designed many in her collection and would plan his gift giving months in advance.

This ring’s story is especially poignant.

It is Kunzite and JFK had 20 diamonds set around the main stone. 10 for the Christmas’ they had shared together and 10 more for the Christmas’ yet to come. He designed the ring in Oct. of 1963 and had asked his secretary, Mrs. Johnson, to put it in the drawer of her desk. When the assassination occurred she didn’t know what to do with it so she gave it to another staffer who was a close friend of both Jackie and JFK. He asked Jackie if she still wanted the gift. She said absolutely and although she vowed not to wear any jewelry for her year of mourning, she would put on this ring upon returning home as soon as she took off her gloves. The ring accompanied her to bed at night where she also wore it. Years later she would wear the ring still predominately on her left hand’s ring finger along with her wedding band. Even when she married Onassis she wore her wedding band from JFK and was buried with it.

The gentleman who presents the jewelry shares a wealth of information about her life. All the pieces that are shown are accompanied by photos of her wearing the piece which is interesting to see how her style had evolved over time.

It really is a fascinating program for the tidbits alone.
The next is scheduled for Dec. 26th.
You can go to QVC.com program’s guide and sign up for a show reminder.

Sounds like the perfect holiday TV veg fest while heating up the leftovers.

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  1. Thanks for this wonderful post i love jewerly and stories like this am heading over to OVC now !! This is a really pretty ring and would great on my finger (haha):)

  2. what a sweet story! I’ll have to check out one of the programs.

  3. OH that story just breaks and warms my heart at the same time. Great post!! xoxo

  4. I love jewelry stories,thanks for sharing.

  5. What a lovely story. So sad he never had the chance to present it to her!

  6. Fabulous story. One tiny edit (because I’m nit-picky) – the word I think you meant to type was assassination, not assignation. They have two entirely different meanings.

  7. CrunchyCon ~ Thank you for the spelling correction. Yes, I meant ‘assassination’. I hit spell check and didn’t look at the options. My eyes saw what they wanted to. 🙂

  8. Great story! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  9. this story gives me goosebumps- thank you for sharing it with us!


  10. What a interesting story and an absolutely fabu ring!

  11. Ohhhhhh, I have to tell my Mom. She would all over that!