The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
This 14-karat yellow gold men’s panther head ring has marquise-shaped diamond eyes that each weigh 0.18 carat, a diamond in the panther’s mouth that weighs 0.20 carat and measures 3.8 mm, and is exquisitely designed in a size 10. The ring, which weighs 28.5 grams, is textured overall with a squared base. This ring was gifted by Elvis to Tom Hulett who, with Colonel Parker, managed Elvis’ live performances in the 1970s. The ring is a stunning example of the kind of dramatic touch that Elvis was always seeking in his wardrobe and especially in his jewelry. Elvis adored larger rings later in his career, and since the symbolism of the panther represents courage, valor and power, this ring would have been a perfect choice for Elvis in his career. The ring comes with a letter which recounts the circumstances of the acquisition of the ring and states in part, “One of the items I picked up from Tom Hulett at this time was an impressive gold Panther Ring with diamonds in the eyes. I believe Tom told me Elvis gave him the ring around ’73 or ’74. Much later I found out that Elvis appears to be wearing this ring in the same pictures where he is wearing the Turban or Swami Ring, where he is wearing a turban, the long red coat with black accents, and the Ram Head necklace.” This majestic ring is also accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The ring is in excellent condition overall.