The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Turquoise is an ancient gem that is thought to guarantee health, good fortune and protection from evil and has been used frequently by Native American tribes for various adornments. The word “turquoise” comes from the French word “turquois,” meaning “Turkish,” likely because the stone first arrived in Europe from Turkey. In the U.S., Native American turquoise jewelry was the centerpiece stone for Native American ceremony and exchange for years. in the 1960s and ’70s, with the advent of the hippie movement, celebrities like Cher, Jim Morrison and even Elvis were wearing this new style. As turquoise rose in popularity in the 1970s, Elvis often had the stones embellishing his jumpsuits, belts and jewelry. Offered is a classic example of turquoise jewelry with the center cushion-cut turquoise stone, measuring 13mm, is set in a raised squared gold-colored mount within a copper-colored rope design atop a silver band with copper and brass-colored diagonal shoulder accents. The silver ring, measuring size 11, exhibits a “SJ925” mark on the interior band, with the “925” being a reference to the 92.5% silver content of the ring, identifying it as sterling silver and in this instance weighing 15.5 grams. This stylish example of period turquoise design comes with a copy of a letter on TCB letterhead dated 10/25/88 from Patsy Presley that states:

Dear Tom, This small, but very significant jewelry box set along side several larger ones that Elvis had on his dressing table. Although, it might have gone un-noticed by most - this little treasure chest held some-things that were much more valuable - for it was brimming over with small treasures of yesterdays memories gone by - Memories that only Elvis would hold dear. I’ve seen Elvis go through his expensive jewelry, perhaps choosing a favorite ring - he would slide it on his finger and give one of those devilish cunning smiles. He really loved large extravagant pieces of jewelry, the kind he shared, often, with everyone who was fortunate to be there at the right time. Elvis, also loved and appreciated the less expensive gifts he received - some from family and friends and others, even from a fan occasionally, that would somehow get mixed in with the personal gifts. Elvis knew that each of these gifts had been chosen with great pride and much thought and love had gone into the final choice. When Elvis opened his Christmas or birthday gifts he would make sure that he devoted equal time to each gift - he always felt that it was not the gift, but rather the thought that counted. Elvis was truly a believer in the true meaning of Christmas for everyone. I miss this little chest Tom, I too, have often looked at all the pieces wondering which ones held the most special memory for Elvis. Well, Thomas, time to sign off - Enjoy your Elvis trinkets - Thank you for taking care of them - I may want to visit them someday in my autumn years, ha! Your friend, Patsy Presley Gambill (AKA - Fatsy Mc).

This handsome and stylish ring is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The ring is in excellent condition overall with slight signs of wear and a lovely patina to the colored metals.
Elvis Presley Owned Turquoise and Silver Ring
Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $11,875.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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