|A little Elvis Story
Elvis liked coloured stones, Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were among his favourites. In the 70's he bought a big garnet cross and eventually gave it to a little boy who was dying in hospital. This child’s last wish was to see Elvis, and Elvis made his wish come true. The cross was later sold at auction for a huge sum of money. Another Elvis favourite was the tube bracelet, a rope chain with a piece of tubing in the centre and a box catch in the back. Engraved with the recipient’s name and on the back a nickname or special name that Elvis used for them, the bracelet was a treasured gift reserved for members of Elvis’ entourage.
One beautiful piece, on display at Graceland, was made for Elvis and designed by his girlfriend, Linda Thompson in 1973. A large white gold cross pendant necklace trimmed in yellow gold and set with diamonds in the arms of the cross, with two hearts touching at the points, set with Elvis’ and Linda’s birthstones, and encircled by a yellow gold wedding band. Hand-made and handset, this magnificent piece became one of Elvis’ favourites, and he proudly wore it in all his concerts.
In his superb book ‘Elvis’, biographer Dave Marsh says, “Elvis Presley was an explorer of vast new landscapes of dream and illusion. He was a man who refused to be told that the best of his dreams would not come true, who refused to be defined by anyone else’s conceptions”. Elvis was indeed a fascinating man, rich with complexity and enormous contradictions— multi-faceted like the diamonds he adored—he still shines ever so bright, the rarest jewel of them all!
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