Timeless Jewelry: Jackie Kennedy's Engagement Rings

Jacqueline Kennedy was an American icon, a person of strong spirit, and a woman, whose life dictated the fashion. She represented the high class of America and European elegance. Jackie Kennedy was an example of how to dress, to have a good time, to bring up kids, to garnish a house, and to wear diamonds.

Jackie Kennedy’s jewelry collection consisted of different diamond jewels related to special moments of her life. The highest price, $2,587,500, was paid for Jackie Kennedy’s engagement ring on the auction of Kennedy artefacts that took place in New York in 1996.

The details of the First Lady’s life as well as her impeccable sense of style still captivate millions of people around the world. In this article, you’ll read about Jackie Kennedy’s love stories and her timeless jewelry, particularly engagement rings.

The Love Story of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier

Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy were one of the famous couples of the XX century. It was a union of two strong people. Despite challenges destined by fate, they represented an image of an ideal family and were the example for many American people. 

Journalist Jackie Bouvier Met Congressman John F. Kennedy

Journalist Jackie Bouvier Met Congressman John F. Kennedy

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Their romance started with a meeting at a dinner party in 1952. Jackie Bouvier, an intelligent and beautiful journalist for the Washington Times-Herald and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a young American congressman immediately expressed a mutual liking to one another.

They were a perfect match by their similar high-class circles, tastes in art, books, and movies. “I’ve never met anyone like her,” Jack told a friend after the party, the Washington Post reported. 

JFK Proposed to Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy’s engagement ring

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In a few months of courting, in the summer of 1953, JFK proposed to Jackie. It happened when they had dinner at Parker’s Restaurant in Boston. Jacqueline Kennedy’s engagement ring was made in a vintage Art Deco style and cost over one million dollars. It featured a 2.88-carat diamond and a 2.84-carat emerald. The ring was decorated with clusters of baguette diamonds. In 1963 Jackie Kennedy decided to add extra 2.12 carats of marquise and round cut diamonds to her engagement ring. So, the ring of the President's wife weighed almost 8 carats.

Their Wedding in Newport, Rhode Island

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The couple wed at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the social event of the season. Jackie Kennedy wore an ivory silk portrait-neckline dress designed by Ann Lowe. There were for a total of 1,200 guests and onlookers. One of the guests described the event “just like a coronation”. Their wedding marked the beginning of the way to the White House.

Jackie Became the First Lady

Jackie Became the First Lady

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In 1961 JFK won the election and became the 35th President of the United States. In turn, Jackie Kennedy took the role of the first lady. Considering her fascinating personal style and love of aesthetics, the arts, and history, she decided to restore the White House into a real home for her family. Also, she wanted to make the most famous residence of America a cultural and historical center. Mrs. Kennedy founded a White House Fine Arts Committee and collected eminent works of American art and pieces of furniture from around the US. 

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Relationship With Greek Shipping Mogul

After dramatic events in Jackie Kennedy’s family, she worried about her children's safety. She said: “If they're killing Kennedys, then my children are targets. I want to get out of this country”, New York Times reported.

Her long-time friend, Aristotle Onassis became a person, who was able to take care of her and her kids. A Greek shipping mogul provided privacy and security for them. 

Engagement Time

Jackie Kennedy Onassis  marquise-cut diamond Lesotho III engagement ring

Aristotle Onassis proposed to Jackie in 1968. Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s engagement ring was made up of the 40.42-carat marquise-cut diamond also known as the Lesotho III. It was one of 18 pieces of the 601-carat rough Lesotho Diamond minded in South Africa. Jackie wore the ring only twice and locked it away in a New Your vault. Jackie O’s engagement ring was highly estimated and sold at her estate auction.

A “Big Fat Greek Wedding”

A Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Their wedding ceremony was held on the groom’s private island of Skorpios, Greece. The guest list includes 40 guests (family members and close friends). After saying “I do” the couple boarded the yacht and had their private wedding reception.


Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis was a woman of her time. She was an epitome of elegance, style, and aristocracy. Her jewelry collection impresses us with beautiful diamond jewels and the most expensive engagement rings in history.