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Lot 89: 1970 Lion Head Diamond and Ruby Ring Worn by Elvis Presley - Gifted by Elvis to Tour Promoter Tom Hulett
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
This 14-karat yellow gold men's lion head ring has ruby eyes that each measure 2.8 mm, a diamond in the lion's mouth that weighs approximately 0.15 carat and measures 3.3 mm, and is exquisitely designed in a size 8 1/2. The ring, which weighs 20 grams, comes with a letter from the consignor which states in part, "One of the items I picked up from Tom Hulett at this time was a fantastic Lion Head Ring, which I thought I recognized Elvis wearing in the 'That's The Way It Is' documentary film. Tom had already shown me an earlier lion design ring, and when I told him I loved lion designs because a lion features in the flag of our region, he pulled out this much more aggressive and flashy Lion Head Ring as well. Tom told me Elvis had taken to lion design jewelry for a while, and especially while working with MGM on the 'That's The Way It Is' documentary film. I ended up getting both lion design rings from him, and this later one is a more aggressive and flashy style with rubies in the eyes." Elvis is wearing a similar animal themed ring in the film, but it has a distinctly different shape than the offered ring. Nonetheless, this lion head ring dominates the hand when placed on one's finger. It's a stunning example of the kind of dramatic touch that Elvis was always seekng in his wardrobe and especially in his jewelry. Elvis adored larger rings later in his career, and since the symbolism of the lion represents strength and courage, this ring would have been a perfect choice for Elvis at this pivotal moment in his career. This majestic ring is also accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ring shows only minor signs of wear with a few minor scuffs. Excellent to Mint condition.