NEW in Original Blue Velvet Steel BOX with Certificate of Authenticity and Romance Card - $149.
This Celtic cross is one of the more important pieces in Jackie's collection and was purchased by John F. Kennedy while in Ireland on June 28, 1963. This was at the time of his visit to Berlin when he gave his famous, peacemaking "Ich Bin Ein Berliner" speech. John traveled to Italy and Ireland after visiting Germany. Jackie did not go with him since she was expecting their third child, Patrick.
JFK wanted to bring her a gift and a cross specifically, because of their pregnancy. On his last night in Dublin he saw this cross in a store that was held open for him at ten o'clock at night. It was originally created with a blue sapphire and JFK asked if the center stone could be changed to a ruby, Jackies's birthstone. The owner said it would take about a week and the cross could be shipped to the White House. Because he wanted to present the cross to Jackie when he arrived, he waited as the stone setter was called from home and sat for two hours waiting for the stone to be cut and set.
Because of the controversy surrounding JFK's Catholicism (America's first Catholic president), Jackie took pains not to exacerbate the issue with open displays of her faith while they lived in the White House. She was very religious and always wore her crosses under her shirts and blouses. However, she did often put her daughter Caroline in cross pendants that could be seen by the public.
Forever yours--faithfully. A classic that'll withstand the test of time, this Celtic cross pendant gleams with round, clear Swarovski crystals beautifully accenting each of the arms. Radiating at the center is a richly hued, marquise-shaped ruby coloured Swarovski crystal. From the Jacqueline Kennedy Collection. It is reproduced in the exact design, weight, measurement and color of stones as the original.
This 24k gold plated celtic cross has 35 Swarovski crystals.
• 24k Gold plated pendant with pear-shaped bail and curb link chain
• Chain secures with a lobster claw clasp and can be used with other pieces of jewelry
• Approximate measurements: Including bail, cross 1 7/8"L x 1"W
• Chain 18"L x 1/16"W plus a 3" extender
• Nickel free, lead free, cadmium free
Made in 2014 and currently RETIRED.
Information supplied by Camrose and Kross.
**NOTE: The original steel velvet box is made of the same materials, size and weight as the box that Jacqueline kept the original jewelry in.
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