Part 5 of Diamond Engagement Rings and Jewelry of the Legends
Whatever happened to the diamond eternity wedding band that Joe DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe? Although the marriage of the two star-crossed lovers only lasted for nine months in 1954, the diamond eternity wedding band has become the stuff of Hollywood legend. Located in Fountain Valley in Southern California and originally founded in Los Angeles, Ballard and Ballard Fine Jewelers believe in celebrating the diamond engagement rings and the wedding bands of the legends. After all, there is no moment more legendary in a young couple’s life when a man presents a woman with a diamond engagement ring so he can later slip a wedding band on her finger to symbolize their eternal union.
The diamond eternity wedding band was set in platinum and held thirty-five baguette cut diamonds. The platinum eternity band the Yankee Clipper and future hall of famer gave to the Hollywood starlet on their wedding day signified the hope of a harmonious future that would never happen. A lasting union between Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio clearly was not meant to be. Just eight months after their wedding ceremony, the couple separated amid a storm of jealous rows. Two months later, the marriage was no more, and the diamond eternity wedding band was seen no more.
But whatever happened to the diamond eternity wedding band? To nobody’s surprise, it ended up on the auction block in 199. The diamond eternity wedding band that Joe DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe (less one lost diamond) was auctioned by Christie with pre-sale estimates of the likely selling price that ranged from $30,000 to $50,000. Such estimate turned out to be ridiculously low given the sentimental and star power of both Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. The actual auction produced a 15 times greater value when the diamond eternity wedding band sold for $772,500.
What is even more incredible is that the ring was set to appear at auction once again in a Profiles in History sale in December 2011. Although the auction was publicized, there is no record of the results of the auction, and it looks like the buyer took the ring off the market. This might have been because the new estimate of $300,000 to $500,000 was well below the auction price from 1999. Rather than lose money, the anonymous collector chose to keep the ill-fated diamond eternity wedding band that Joe DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe. Then again, Ballard and Ballard Fine Jewelers wonders whatever happened to the one lost diamond from the baguette on the diamond eternity wedding band, It is a mystery worthy of a screenplay.