Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers continues our series on Diamond Engagement Rings and Jewelry of the Legends with a piece on the King of Rock and Roll himself. Elvis Presley loved diamond and he bought a horseshoe diamond engagement ring not only for Priscilla Presley. Elvis bought matching horseshoe diamond engagement rings for his beloved and himself. Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers believes no ritual practice is as beautiful as an engagement and a wedding. There is no reason why it should not be commemorated by diamond engagement rings or just engagement rings for both the man and the woman.
When Priscilla became engaged to Elvis, she received a 3.5 Carat engagement ring surrounded by 21 smaller diamonds. He courtship leading up to their marriage took place over an 8-year period. Of course, the lengthy courtship may have been due in part to Priscilla’s age. She was only 14 when she met Elvis. But Elvis loved her more than anything in the world, and he wanted their love to be commemorated with diamond jewelry.
When Elvis was in the army, Priscilla’s family was stationed in West Germany because Priscilla’s stepfather was an officer in the U.S. Air force. Priscilla and Elvis met in 1959 at a party at Elvis’ off-base residence and fell in love. Elvis eventually convinced Priscilla’s family that she should live with his father and stepfather at the back of Graceland. Reluctantly, Priscilla’s parents agreed and Priscilla enrolled in the Immaculate Conception School in Memphis. Slowly but surely, Priscilla spent more and more nights with Elvis.
When they were engaged, Elvis bought the two horseshoe diamond engagement rings that he had designed to his specifications: one for her tiny hand and one for the King. The number one celebrity couple of the time was married in a civil ceremony in a suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967. The ceremony was only attended by a handful of family and friends. The breakfast reception that followed had 100 guests present. At the reception, the two danced to “Love Me Tender” and served a 6-tier wedding cake.
Soon after they were married, Lisa Marie Presley was born in February of 1968. Although the marriage didn’t last, the legend did as well as the beauty of their matching horseshoe engagement rings. If you want a diamond engagement ring or matching engagement rings, please come to Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers. We can custom designed diamond engagement rings for you that will make you and your beloved feel like a legendary couple.