Monday, July 20, 2009

3 or More Jacqueline Kennedy Camrose and Kross Jewelry Collection


Today, I would like to share with you my collection of Jacqueline Kennedy Camrose and Kross Jewelry Collection. They are reproduction of the jewelry owned by Jackie Kennedy. I was fascinated by the story behind each jewels which is why I started collecting them.


This is my latest purchase. I just won it on Ebay and received it last week. The ruby cross was given by JFK in 1962. One of Jackie's passions was her collection of crosses. She would eventually have more than 200 in her collection. Her collection of over 200 crosses began with one given to her in 1955 by Pope Pius XII. Over the years, JFK gave Jackie at least twenty seven of the crosses in her collection, and this is one of them. This ruby cross (the original one, of course) was made during the 1920's in Europe, most likely in Italy. It was purchased in a New York antique shop, in a place where JFK bought many of Jackie's gifts. Because of the controversy surrouding JFK's catholicism(he was the first Catholic president), Jackie took pains not to exacerbate the controversy with open displays of her faith. Jackie always wore her crosses under her blouses and shirts. She did often dress her daughter Caroline with open crosses however.


This is the Aresa collection. I am still in search for the earrings so I can complete the set. During an Official visit to Mexico, the first families of the United States and Mexico exchanged personal gifts on July 2, 1962. The First Lady of Mexico, whose full name was Eva Samano de Lopez Mateos gave Jackie a full set of jewelry. The set was hand made in Mexico of silver, and diamonds. The full set consists of a necklace, bracelet and earrings, and interestingly, a matching silver book mark. The set was known to Jackie as the Aresa suite due to the nickname of Mrs. Lopez-Mateos, Aresa.
This necklace is probably my favorite. I wear it sometimes as a choker when I am in a formal gown.
The Monte Carlo Set
In a highly anticipated meeting of fashion icons, Princess Grace (formerly actress Grace Kelly), visited the White House with her husband Prince Ranier of Monte Carlo in 1962. During the formal state visit, the royal couple presented Jackie with a full suite of jewelry including this pendant, a bracelet, earrings, and even a ring. Jackie wore The Monte Carlo Set during many important functions, and we find that today, more than ever, Princess Grace's taste in jewelry stands among the best. In the fall of 1954, Grace Kelly had met Jackie at a dinner party. The two couples were actually close friends. Back in 1954, Senator Kennedy was in the hospital recovering from painful back surgery, and Jackie had persuaded Grace to accompany her to the hospital to cheer him up. John was a huge fan of the actress and was pleasantly surprised when the actress and his wife arrived at his hospital room in nurses uniforms.

As you can see, I have the full set whcih consists of the necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring.
All of the items include a Certificate of Authenticity.
I have been looking for a history of this and have been unsuccessful so far. It is set in white metal with blue (simulated sapphire) and white (simulated diamond) stones. The bracelet even includes an extender. Jackie Kennedy often wore gloves and she would use the extenders so she can wear the bracelet outside the gloves.

Venetian Enameled Cross:
Originally owned by the Venetian sea captain, this large cross was a gift from the Italian government, The original was made in Venice b/w 1770 and 1800. It comes with a 23.5" long chain, secured with a lobster claw clasp, 23 k gold plated. It comes with a 24 k gold plated table top stand.

Lioness lariat necklace:
I prefer white over yellow gold but i really like this lariat style necklace. Aristotle Onassis, who enjoyed giving Jackie Greek-style jewelry, presented her with this necklace in 1969. The necklace was placed on Jackie's breakfast tray one morning while the couple was sailing aboard Onassis' world-famous yacht, the Christina. The central element of the necklace contains a square knot, reminiscent of the love knots Mediterranean sailors would give to their lovers or wives before a long voyage. When the sailors returned, the sailors would retrieve their knots, often decorated and enhanced during their absence. Over many years, and over many voyages, these knots would become very personal and unique. This particular knot includes two lioness heads, each holding a genuine jade ball in it's mouth.
I am continuously on a hunt for more items but I only buy them when I find them at a reasonable price.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this collection. Thank you Tam, for hosting this event and thanks all, for coming to visit!

36 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow. Those are spectacular. Thanks for sharing the story behind them.
Dawn

mbkatc230 said...

What a beautiful collection Christine! I especially love the Princess Grace suite, and the venetian sea captain cross. Thanks for sharing these. Kathy

marty39 said...

Christine what a fabulous jewelry collection. The story of each one is so interesting. They are all just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Lori E said...

Now that is a collection I can get behind. Wow.
It is nice that you find out the history of the pieces too.

Connie said...

Christine,
Your blog has such interesting information. Also, I love the bright blue background -- it make the jewelry show up so well.
Thanks for stopping by.
Connie

Janie's World said...

What an stunning jewelry collection you have! I love the history behind the pieces. Enjoy wearing them!

Picket said...

Beautiful collection girl...and loved the history behind them...I always admired Jackie Kennedy..she was such a classic... hope you are having a beautiful week my friend!

Sares said...

What a stunning collection! All of the pieces would be something you could wear today and not look dated. She had magnificant taste in jewelery pickers! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOWEEE Christine! You are a lucky lady indeed to own such treasures.

I worked in jewelry sales for many years and I love it as well.
Your collection is truly gorgeous and fascinating. LOVE the delicate ruby cross the best. It's so detailed and feminine.

~Wonderful post! I enjoyed it. :)

Cindy J. said...

Hi there dear girl! Oh I love this and I have never heard of this collection.. the Venetian cross and Grace Kelly pieces really speak to me.. all the pieces are lovely and Jackie was such an elegant lady. You have such beautiful collections and I so enjoy your sharing them.... Hope you have a great week. Love, Cindy

Really Rainey said...

Hi CHristine! Wow what a beautiful collection! Especially the crosses... Thanks for adding the story about them too... Jackie O is the best!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Poppedijne said...

What an interesting collection.I did not know these copies existed.Jewely is one of my passions.I have lots of books on antique jewelry.WOuld have loved a copy of the estate sale of J.Kennedy's belongings.It fasinates me.

SmilingSally said...

You have so many beautiful things, but this collection takes my breath.

Candy said...

Lovely pieces and neat stories. I like the last one best, I think, although each one is special in its own way.

Have a good one, Candy

Chris said...

Hi Christine,

I really enjoyed seeing your collection and learning about them! Thanks for teaching me a little more "history" in such a fun way!

Chris

Florida Sue said...

I really liked Jackie Kennedy and this is just so beautiful and informative. I really enjoyed reading about all of these beautiful pieces!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Christine
I really enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful jewelry pieces and reading the history behind their design. You have such a wonderful collection!

Bill said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful jewelry collection with us. It's a tribute to Jackie Kennedy's taste (and yours) and demonstrates that beauty and style can be truly timeless.

Bye for now,
Bill

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Just wanted to stop by to say hello and see what you've been up to! Girl, you have been busy, busy...I don't know if I'll ever catch up with you! Hehe! Russell was home all last week on vacation and just went back to work today! We stayed pretty busy...lot of home improvement projects...but we had lots of fun too! Anyway, maybe now I can get back to my "regular" schedule! Hehe!!!

I see that you're in Florida right now? Was reading your Blue Monday post! By the way...I love your new Polish dishes! I've been eyeing some like that on ebay...hehe! Sure enjoyed seeing all of your family photos for your Mama's birthday celebration! Your Mama is such a beautiful woman...I certainly can see where you get your beauty from, my friend!!!

Well...I just loved this post! I love all of your beautiful jewelry...gorgeous pieces!!! Was so interesting to read about their history with Jacelyn Kennedy too!!! I especially loved the crosses!!! Well Sweetie...sure hope that my note finds you and your family well! Are you in Florida on business or pleasure? I'll talk with you soon...

Love ya,
Chari

prof en retraite said...

Wow! These are gorgeous, Christine! Jackie O was always a favorite of mine. I think I like the jade and gold necklace the best. It's so unusual! And happy 90th birthday to your mom! How wonderful! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Kim said...

What beautiful jewelry. I had never seen these before. Thanks for sharing.

MoziEsmé said...

You have a beautiful collection! I love the Aresa pieces...

Cindy said...

Hi Christina,
This is so interesting! I really enjoyed reading this post and admiring your beautiful pieces! JFK is the first President that I can remember and since I was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic grade school anything about the Kennedy's is fascinating to me. Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy visiting! hugs, Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, these are gorgeous, and how interesting to learn the history behind the originals. laurie

Susan said...

And you collect jewelry!!! I love the ruby cross!!!!

Regina said...

Nice collections.
Beautiful!

Leann said...

They are so beautiful and I love the history behind them.

Thanks for stopping by The Old Parsonage and your sweet comments. I would love for you to visit again and perhaps become a follower.

Enjoy your day!
LEann

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Christine what a fab collection you have there my friend WOW!! I just love it...but I also loved Jackie...May you have a great week and take care...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Zoey said...

Wow, what a great jewelry collection. I have never even heard of Jacki-O jewelry reproductions before. Fascinating post. Thank you.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful and timeless collection Christine. Thanks for sharing darling. Hope all is well your way. hugs ~lynne~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, this is just fascinating! Loved seeing it all, and it's so pretty.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Chandy said...

Gorgeous collection, Christine! Wow, I would feel like a president's wife too if I had those.

ann said...

Cx these are devine.i had no idea.what an awesome collection you have.i am so impressed...Ann

imjacobsmom said...

Neat collection, Christine. I loved the history behind each piece. I loved Jackie O's style. Did you know that they periodically sell her reproduction jewelry on QVC? ~ Robyn

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such an interesting and informative post and I so enjoyed it!! I loved and admired Jackie Kennedy. She had such style and grace, as we all know. Maybe that is why she and Princess Grace clicked. She has always been someone I admired also, a very beautiful and classy lady.

You really collect these reproductions with a passion. The stories behind them are not only interesting, but the jewelry itself must look stunning when you wear it!!

I am so glad I got to read this post! :-)

xoxo
Jane

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh wow, you do have a pretty good collection... see, we can't get them here in Ecuador just abroad, so it's only when we travel to where they sell it, like our last cruise where I got the pearl set. I have her emerald ring and earings, the ring and 3 string pearls, it came with the famous pic of John-John pulling on them, he's around 3 years old. I also got the cross like yours from Argentina, that's all I have. To much, right?! Hugs,
FABBY

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