Fifteen costume jewelry pieces (plus sunglasses) are available
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, perhaps the chicest woman to ever live in the White House, is the subject of a current sale at the gallery at Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches.
The El Paso, Texas, boutique has acquired 15 costume jewelry reproductions of well-known pieces owned by Onassis—jewelry created by an unknown manufacturer that came to Eisen through a private client.
The store is selling the lot as a collection, in showcases merchandised with framed, iconic images of the fashionable former first lady. A selection of Jackie O.–style oversize sunglasses is also available for purchase.
Eisen says she’s also been marketing the Jackie O. sale, which will run through Nov. 30, heavily on social media. Each Facebook post on the collection, she reports, receives around 100 likes.
The pieces range in price from $150 to $300 and represent examples of couture jewelry worn by Onassis while she was the first lady and during her well-documented life after D.C.
Inside the Jackie O.–themed cases at Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches
“It’s a fun diversion from a typical jewelry show,” says Eisen, who’s never carried repoduction jewelry before. “I asked my assistant to just give me the stories behind the jewelry—don’t tell me what the pieces are made out of, because people don’t care!”
Indeed. The collection’s meager materials aren’t the big sell—the history and glamour they represent are.
Baubles include a copy of a diamond necklace worn on an official visit to India, a turquoise necklace worn to her daughter’s graduation, an Art Deco diamond-and-sapphire bracelet worn at a gala in New York, a floating pearl necklace worn on her honeymoon in Acapulco, and an enamel bracelet Onassis wore regularly, which was a gift from a friend.
“Being able to show how jewelry has an important place in the history of our country, especially during an election year, is something I wanted to show,” says Eisen. “It’s exciting to see how jewelry and fashion plays a part in the glamour of a celebrity.”
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