Elvis’ Fabulous Rings — Part 7

Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring in Case

In the last two two auctions I’ve followed this year, eleven rings owned by Elvis have come up for sale. We will probably never know exactly how many he had over the years, but with this post, ElvisBlog will have covered over sixty-five in the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings series.

The first eight rings here were offered at the Julien’s Rock Icons Auction in May 2016.

 

Yellow Canary Irradiated Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Yellow Canary Irrddiated Diamond Ring

 .

I didn’t know what irradiated diamond meant, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Who knew that bombardment by protons and deuterons via a cyclotron had anything to do with jewelry? These high-energy particles physically alter the diamond’s crystal lattice, producing more intense colors. We can imagine when Elvis first learned about irradiated diamond rings he just had to have one.

This one contains a 1.75 ct full-cut diamond surrounded with 16 round diamonds, approximately .65 cts. The ring is set in 14k yellow gold band weighing 16 grams.

The auction website estimated the ring would sell for $10-12,000. The bidding topped out at $10,000 plus the 28% auction house fee for a total cost of $12,800.

.

Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Diamond Ring

 .
Here’s a beauty with 29 round full-cut diamonds totaling 1.45 cts mounted on an oval dome.  The 14k yellow gold setting weighs 20 grams.  The pre-auction estimate was $10-12,000, but the top bidder shelled out $15,360 to get it.
 .
 .
 .

Chieftain Ring:

Elvis Presley's Chieftan Ring

 .
Although this ring looks like silver, it is 14k gold.  The chieftain features a round emerald accenting the headdress.  Two full-cut diamonds are his eyes, and thirteen others totaling .75 cts complete the headdress.
 .
Elvis Presley's Chieftain Ring -- Top View
 .
The auction website does not state the weight of this 14k gold ring, but it is huge.  It’s hard to see it in this photo of Elvis wearing it, but you can get an idea of the size.
 Elvis Wearing Chieftain Ring
 .
This is the second time the Chieftain ring has sold at Julien’s Auctions.  In 2011, the buyer paid $15,360.   It sold for $19,375 in 2016, but remember, that price includes the auction house premium.  After taking that out, the seller barely broke even.
 .
 .
 .

Three-Tiered Diamond Ring with E.P. Engraved on Interior of the Band:

Elvis Pesley's Three-Tiered Diamond Ring with E.P. Engraved on Interior of the Band
 .
Elvis wore this ring on stage, but he had trouble keeping it on his finger.  He handed it to bodyguard Dave Hebler during a performance at the Lake Tahoe Sahara.  When Hebler tried to return it, Elvis told him to just keep it.  Elvis was very generous giving his rings away, especially stunning ones like this.  36 round-cut diamonds totaling 2.40 grams.  And mounted on a 14k gold band weighing 24.3 grams.  We can assume the engraved E.P. on the interior of the band added to its value, and it went for $20,480.  I think if this ring had been offered at the Auction at Graceland three months later, it probably would have gone for much more.
 .
 .
 .

Diamond Circular Ring:

Elvis Presley's Diamond Circular Ring
 .
This is another loose-fitting ring Elvis gave to Dave Hebler.  It has seven full-cut diamonds weighing 1.05 cts.  The band is 14k gold weighing 9.8 grams.  The pre-auction estimate of $10-12,000 was right on the money as the winning bid came in at $12, 800 including the auction house premium.
 .
 .
 .

Three-Channel Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Three-Channel Diamond Ring
 .
This ring went for the same $12,800 price as the previous one, but it seems to be a superior ring.  It contains 25 full-cut diamonds totaling 1.25 cts.  The band is 14k gold weighing 10 grams.  The reason it didn’t go for more is hinted in the auction website description.  It says it was owned by Elvis, but makes no mention that he wore it.  Because it came from the estate of his Vernon Presley, it seems like Elvis bought this ring to gift to his father.
 .
 .
 .

Kempo Karate Ring:

Elvis Presley's Kempo Karate Ring
 .
Not every Elvis ring at the Heritage Rock Icons Auction was a winner.  This 14k white gold ring had a pre-auction estimate price of $20-40,000, which would mean an opening bid of $10,000.  Apparently no bidder thought it was even worth that.  There are no diamonds or other jewels.  I guess nobody was that impressed with a ring showing a dueling tiger and dragon in high-relief.
 .
 .
 .

Pyramid Ring:

Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring
 .
The first photo at the start of this article is another view of Elvis’ pyramid ring.  The auction website said, “With the exception of the TCB ring, this may be the most exquisite ring Elvis owned.”  They also call it oversized, and that is no exaggeration.  The 14k white-gold band weighs a staggering 47.5 grams.  Then there is a .40ct full-cut round diamond in the top of the pyramid shape.  Finally, there are 76 pavé-set diamonds covering the concave sloping sides.  Elvis wore this ring at many performances and then gave it to Dr. George Nichopoulas.
 .
The pre-auction estimate was $30-50,000 which seems reasonable.  For some reason, the ring did not appear in the published results.  Surely, it couldn’t have been because nobody met the minimum bid.  More likely, the owner pulled it from the auction.  In my opinion, if he waits until the next Auction at Graceland, he will get the price he is hoping for.
.
 .
Speaking of the Auction at Graceland, the most recent was held on August 14 during Elvis Week in Memphis.  I have stated before that Elvis memorabilia goes for higher prices here than at other auctions.  See what you think about these three rings.
 .
 .
 .

Black Star Sapphire Ring:

Elvis Presley's Black Star Sapphire Ring -- Side View
 .
Elvis liked sapphires and coin rings in particular, and several of each have been shown in the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings series.  For some reason the auction website did not list separate stats on the stone and band, but together they weighed in at 21.6 grams.  The nugget-style setting is 14k gold.
 .
Elvis Presley's Black star Sapphire Ring
 .
The pre-auction was just $10-15,000, but when the dust settled after 25 bids, this black star sapphire ring sold for $35,000.
 .
.
.

 1911 Indian Head Gold $2½ Coin and Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's 1911 Indian Head Gold $2-1/2 and Diamond Ring
 .
The auction website says Elvis was known to adorn his fingers with multiple rings during his performances.  Because this one is only a size 6-1/2, it would have fit on only his pinky finger.  All the other rings covered in this article were sizes between 9 and 11.  In addition to the coin, the band contains 15 grams of 14k of yellow gold.  The face of the ring is surrounded by 24 diamonds.  The pre-auction estimate was $20-25,000, but bidding topped out at a cool $40,000.
 .
 .
.

Horsehead Ring:

Elvis Presley's Ugly Horsehead Ring
 .
I featured this ring in a blog post a month ago on the Auction at Graceland.  In it, I questioned the rings visual appeal and said it looked weird.   Bidders apparently thought so, too, because it went for $12,800, well below the previous two beauties.  I see a pattern where returns are better at the Auction at Graceland, but a ring still has to look good to bring in the big bucks.
 .
.
 .
.
Taking a Second Look:  Back in January, in Part 6, I said, “I think this is one of the ugliest rings presented in this series.  Well, I got an email from the man who bought the ring for $16,750 at the January 2016 Auction at Graceland.   He said, “I would like to change your mind.”  And he did.
.
.
.

Aztec Ring:

Elvis Aztec Ring -- Poor Views
 .
These are the pictures from the auction website.  The buyer insisted. “The pictures of the auction house did not do it justice.  There was not a picture from its best angle, the front!”   He sent me this.
 .
Elvis Presley's Aztec Ring -- Front View
 .
I can’t imagine why the auction house didn’t take a shot from this angle, but that omission probably enabled the buyer to get it for less.  His email said, “There is also an enormous amount of detail in the ring. Of course we have the Maya calendar God on one side, There is a complete Maya village on the top of the ring in miniature, then a big temple with in the middle the roof for the sun worship
 .
I can’t see all that in the photos, but I’m sure you can looking at the actual ring up close.
 .
.
Now, If the buyer of that ugly horsehead ring would send me a picture showing it from an angle making it look good, I’ll be happy to publish that, too.
.
.
.
 .
©  2016    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net
 .
.
.
ElvisBlog Lip Logo
.
Elvis, Elvis Presley, and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

 

2 responses to “Elvis’ Fabulous Rings — Part 7

  1. Just a quick note on the recent Graceland auction! The Ceaser ring didn’t meet estimates because it had been tampered with! The original did NOT have pave diamonds OR Elvis’s engraved name in it!!! WHOEVER had a jeweler pimp it up RUINED the historical value on a historic piece! A real SHAME!!! Apparently done just to make it perceived as more desirable!!! DUMB MOVE, As knowleable collectors have known this for YEARS!!! Oh well, sucker born every minute I guess!

    • Hi Brian: Every time Elvis rings are sold at auction, I look forward to your knowledgeable comments. I have not yet reported on any of the rings sold at the recent Auction at Graceland, because they will be included in the next ElvisBlog look at “Elvis’ Fabulous Rings.” When I do, I will make it a point to mention your statements about the pave diamonds and the engraved name. Thanks,

      Phil Arnold

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *