The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Elvis adorned himself with accessories on stage and off and as often as he would purchase a new jewel, he would give one away. He was fond of a variety of stones and gems with the enchanting blue of lapis lazuli being one. Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone that has been prized since ancient times for its celestial blue color. Since lapis lazuli is a symbol of royalty, no stone is more fitting to adorn the finger of the King than the offered 14-karat yellow gold ring with a deep blue, oval lapis lazuli stone mounted in gold fingered fret-work surrounded by 17 diamonds weighing a total of 0.65 carat and 7 garnets measuring 2 mm each. The lapis lazuli stone measures 25 x 8 mm and the ring weighs 29 grams and is size 10. The shoulders are in a rough textured gold and the stunning ring comes with a letter from Alan Fortas that reads in part, “This 14k yellow gold large blue lapis with diamonds and red stones was one of Elvis’ favorite rings. He wore it both on and off stage. There are many photos of Elvis wearing this ring on stage. I was visiting Graceland one day and Elvis was giving away both jewelry and some clothes and Elvis told me to extend my hand and when I did he dropped this beautiful huge lapis ring in my hand. I placed it on my finger and gave Elvis a big hug and thanked him. Elvis made it impossible for you to turn him down when he wanted to give you a gift. That was Elvis.” The letter is signed “Alan Fortas TCB.” The stone’s association with strength, power, and honor makes it the perfect accessory for a star of Elvis’ caliber and he certainly wore it well as evidenced in the accompanying copy of a photo depicting Elvis wearing this very bauble. The ring face measures 1 1/4 by 1 inches (3.17 x 2.54 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The ring shows moderate to heavy wear but all settings are intact. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Large 14kt Yellow Gold and Blue Lapis Ring with Diamonds and Garnets with Photographs of Elvis Wearing on Stage and Letter of Provenance from Alan Fortas
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $43,750.00
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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