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Wedding Bands and Cufflinks of American Power

Dino LonzanoLast updated May 4, 2023, 11:25 AM
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John F. Kennedy, on his wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953, wore a classic Van Cleef & Arpels half-round high polished, 18K yellow gold, 5mm wedding band. Internal engraving, unknown.

JFK's cufflinks were a gift from his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. They were engraved with the letters "JFK" on one side and "JPK" on the other, representing the initials of John F. Kennedy and his father.

The wedding band and cufflinks were not extravagant but rather reflected JFK's understated sense of style. They have since become iconic symbols of his wedding day and are often featured in photographs and depictions of the event.

JFK's most prized cufflinks were actually a gift from his father, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. These cufflinks were a pair of gold, and jade studs, which had been given to Joseph by Chiang Kai-shek, the former leader of the Republic of China during a visit to the country in the 1940s.After JFK's death in 1963, the cufflinks were likely passed down to his family as a treasured heirloom.

JFK Jr. did wear his father's gold and jade cufflinks on occasion. In fact, JFK Jr. was photographed wearing the same cufflinks at his own wedding to Carolyn Bessette in 1996.

JFK Jr. was known to cherish his father's memory and legacy, and he often paid tribute to him through his fashion choices and personal style. Like his father, he was a fashion icon and was known for his impeccable sense of style, which often incorporated classic and timeless elements.

Wearing his father's cufflinks was likely a meaningful way for JFK Jr. to honor his father's memory and carry on his legacy. The cufflinks themselves are a symbol of the deep connection between father and son, and their continued use by JFK Jr. is a testament to the enduring bond between them.The current whereabouts of JFK's gold and jade cufflinks are unknown to the general public.

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Pear-shaped blue diamond ring
Pear-shaped blue diamond ring
Pear-shaped blue diamond ring
Pear-shaped blue diamond ring

Following JFK Jr.'s tragic death in a plane crash in 1999, his personal belongings were auctioned off, and it's possible that the cufflinks were included in the sale. However, it's also possible that the cufflinks remain in the possession of the Kennedy family as a treasured family heirloom.

Regardless of their current location, the cufflinks continue to hold immense sentimental value to the Kennedy family and serve as a tangible reminder of JFK's enduring legacy as one of America's most beloved presidents.

Dino Lonzano

Our Master Gemologist, Dino Lonzano, is a Gemological Institute of America graduate in Diamond Essentials, Colored Stone Essentials, Jewelry Essentials, Gem Identification, and Colored Stone Grading. Dino was born into the business, and grew up helping his dad and Uncles at their shops in Silver Spring, Maryland with jewelry creations and luxury watch repair. Now with more than four decades of experience, Dino has literally seen, cut, and valued millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds and colored stones. He is very hands on and reviews every offer to ensure his customers are getting the best care possible.