Name of Lot: Elvis Presley Purchased Birthstone Ring, Circa 1954.
Elvis Presley’s purchased ring, considered to be his FIRST purchased ring, during a time when he was transitioning from being a local performer to becoming a regionally known act. Upon “making a little money” performing in 1954, Elvis purchased this ring with anticipated stardom in his near future. The ring is Elvis’s birthstone (January), as indicated by six oval faceted brownish red garnet stones, set in an Etruscan design.
This ring, a females ring, yes, a females ring, was purchased by Elvis in 1954, to wear and later was gifted to Judy West around the time of her marriage to Sonny West. Elvis stated the history and significance of the ring to Judy at that time. Judy recounted the story over the years and kept the ring for decades where it was eventually rediscovered, just recently in the Sonny and Judy West Estate bank lockbox.
The ring was consistently brought up amidst the West’s late in life, financial and health related hardships, as a go to piece, to sell and alleviate mounting pressure. Judy refused, as she hated to part with the piece, due to sentimentality.
“The ring itself is an inexpensive ring by Elvis’s buying standards in the 1970’s”, stated Stephen M. Shutts, Rockology Auctions President, “but this ring was the catalyst to Elvis purchasing expensive, flashy and significant jewelry for his entire career”. The ring is equated to Elvis’s first Cadillac purchase or his first shirt acquired from Lansky Bros. Ironically Elvis’s mother, Gladys, suggested Elvis return the ring upon purchase, due to the extravagance factor at the time.
The ring’s history is documented by three LOA’s from the Sonny West Estate representative, estate attorneys and the jewelry store who authenticated the age and content of the ring. The ring is in excellent condition and weighs 10.3 grams and is 12-1/2 mm wide. Additionally included is a COA from Rockology Auctions.
Estimated Value: $40,000-$60,000