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JFK Tribute to Jackie -Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Her Jewelry Collection

A great President, John F. Kennedy and a great lady who continues to be much revered and loved even today - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. This article is a tribute to the life of this great lady - for her leadership, for her style, for her family and the lasting impact she has made upon the United States of America.

Journey with me through her jewelry, including the replica jewelry created by Phillip Katz of Camrose and Kross. View a video of Jackie giving a tour of the White House and her Jackie's own voice.

Jackie Kennedy Wearing 3 Strand Faux Pearl Necklace

Jackie Kennedy wearing a three strand pearl necklace

Jackie Kennedy wearing a three strand pearl necklace

 Jackie Kennedy wearing a three strand pearl necklace

Jackie Kennedy wearing a three strand pearl necklace

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John F. Kennedy - Equal Rights JKF served as US President for only 2 years - but oh, my - what an impact he made upon the world! November 22nd marks the anniversary of his death. Come journey through this amazing life and family and see the everlasting impact a man of only 46 years can have on a country and upon our global world.

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JFK Connecting the Continents - 1 Acre in England Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy have often been referred to as American royalty. The royal connection does connect two continents with gifts of jewelry befitting a queen from a queen from stones handed down through the centuries (dating back to Queen Victoria).

Jackie's Quote About The Courtship with JFK

It was a very spasmodic courtship, conducted mainly at long distance with a great clanking of coins in dozens of phone booths.

Flip through the pages of jewelry that has been replicated in exact detail and her some of the romantic stories of the gifts and Jackie's collection of crosses.

Enjoy this eloquent lady and appreciate the lasting impact she had on the world with her family, her jewelry, her clothes, her style and her children.

The Early Years - Before Her Marriage to Senator Kennedy

Jackie's birth name was Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. She was born July 28, 1929 (death May 19, 1994) in Southampton, NY, an upscale community, on the south fork of Long Island. Long Island is one of the richest in the State of NY and among the top 50 in the United States.

Jackie attended Vassar and the Sorbonne, received her degree from George Washington University. Sorbonne is the common name for the University of Paris.

The name is derived from the Collège de Sorbonne, founded in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon as one of the first significant colleges of the medieval University of Paris.

Vassar College is a liberal arts college located in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. Founded as a women's college in 1861, it became coeducational in 1969.Vassar is ranked as one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Jackie - Always a Star - Debutante of 1947

Jackie was always a star. When she made her social debut, the newspaper gossip columnist from Hearst named her Debutante of 1947. She was shy and reported indicate that she was embarrassed by the notoriety attached to her "social" success. She was always a serious student who worked hard and made the dean's list. Her junior year, she spent in Paris. She spoke French fluently.

For her senior year, she attended and finished her 4 year degree in Washington, D.C. at the George Washington University.

And again, Jackie was a star. She entered and won a writing contest by Vogue magazine called the "Prix de Paris". Part of the winning package was to work at Vogue as a trainee in both New York and Paris, France. Her stepfather did not recommend the Paris 6 month residency, her parents were concerned and probably wisely so, that if she spent another 6 months abroad, she would not return and settle in the United States. At her parent's request, Jackie turned down the offer and went to to work at the Washington Times Herald not as a writer but as a photographer.

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The Courtship with John F. Kennedy

Jackie met JFK in 1951. In 1952, Kennedy was elected United States Senator - from Massachusetts and moved to Washington, D.C. Jackie and John F. Kennedy were engaged 2 years after meeting - they became engaged in June 1953. The wedding of the decade, an enormous wedding, with 1,300 people in attendance, was the social event of the year - imagine a senator and the Debutante of 1947.

Jackie's father who was an alcoholic was not able to give her daughter away at the ceremony. Very sadly, it is reported that her father wasn't even able to attend the wedding.

Marriage to Senator John F. Kennedy

Jackie was only 24 when she married then Senator John F. Kennedy. And she was only 31 when she became the first lady of the United States.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy was only 31 years old when she became First Lady. And she was only in the white house for for 2 years, when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. Jackie Kennedy's Children

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy had three children, Caroline (1957) and John Jr. (1960); a third child, Patrick (1963), was born on August 7th 1963, but died on August 9th.

Jackie's Contributions to the Charismatic Style of JFK

During her marriage to the senator and then the President of United States and given Jackie's great ability for the command of the written language - remember she won a contest for writing and after JFK's death worked as an editor, Jackie assisted her husband in what would become JFK's charismatic style that American learned to love and which has become a lasting legacy here in the United States and abroad.

JFK 1954 Back Surgery

In 1954. JFK had back surgery. Jackie was beside him during his recovery period.

Jackie Kennedy - Post Kennedy - Post White House

Later, in 1968, Jackie married shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Jacqueline worked as an editor for Doubleday until her death on May 19th 1994, New York, NY.

In the years immediately after her husband's death Jackie Kennedy was actively involved in Bobby Kennedy's bid for election as president in 1968. Sadly once again after another assassination, this time Bobby Kennedy's assassination in June 1968 she was once again a public figure.

In October 1968 Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate. He was 62 and she was 39. Jackie spent large portions of her time in New York to be with her children. As the years went by, rumors stated that the Onassis marriage was a difficult one. Reports surfaced about the couple spending most of their time apart. Aristotle Onassis died in 1975 and, widowed for a second time, Jackie then returned permanently to New York.

Jackie's Role as Editor at Viking

In 1975 she began working as a book editor at Viking amidst much speculation about whether or not she would be able to get along with her fellow workers, or if her very presence would make it difficult for the office to function. She quickly adapted to her new job and remained at Viking until she resigned in 1977.

Jackie's Role as Editor at Doubleday

In 1978 she took a job as an associate editor at Doubleday Publishing where she continued to work into the 1990s. In 1982 she was promoted to full editor and later became a senior editor.

In 1994 Jackie Kennedy announced publicly that she was being treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She detailed that her condition was responding well to therapy. Unfortunately, the disease proved fatal on May 19, 1994.

Rests in Peace - Arlington National Cemetary

She is buried next to John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetary.

Video Tribute to Jackie Kennedy

London's Tribute to JFK - A Memorial of American Soil in the Midst of London

Visit Runnymede, England's JFK Memorial and Stand on American Soil

"There is a little known memorial that was dedicated to the American people in memory of JFK called Runnymede, just 20 miles west of central London. It is about 3 miles from Windsor Castle, is not directly accessible by taxi or train, it will require some walking...

What to do Runnymede

JBK Jewelry Collection

Where can you shop for the Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy replica jewelry?



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Jackies Jewelry - Camrose and Kross

Jackie's Jewelry Collection

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Jewelry - JBK

Philip Katz of Camrose and Kross created the finest replica jewelry of Jacqueline Kennedy. His collection is exact duplicates and is as legendary as the beautiful woman who wore, was gifted and sometimes created the exquisite art pieces of fine jewelry.

The replicas are not fine gold, silver or platinum but the weight and the details are exact.

This jewelry collection was made possible by Philip Katz of Camrose & Kross Jewelry and is

The jewelry is memorable enough but the stories behind the jewelry is stunning. Some are filled with international intricate such as the cross that was given after JFK's death along with the donation of 1 acre of land dedicated to the people of United States (see Connecting the Continents - 1 Acre of Land in England), some are stories of great romance and the gifts given by Jackie's husband United States President John F. Kennedy. Some piece were crafted by her. Some pieces are from sisters and friends. Each piece Mr. Katz brings us has a remarkable and very memorable story.

Here's the detail on the triple stand pearl necklace:

"The finest replica of Jacqueline Kennedy's legendary triple strand faux-pearl necklace. Hand knotted silken cords carry 158 ivory cream-colored Czech glass hand-painted pearls. The rhodium-plated art deco clasp, with 14 Austrian Swarovski crystals, speaks of the elegance of times past. Presented in a beautiful steel case covered in soft velour and satin. Inner length is 17 inches, outer length is 20 inches."

"Jacqueline Kennedy had many sets of pearls, but this was the one she wore and enjoyed the most. It is believed that she inherited it from her mother. Jackie was a fan of designer Coco Chanel, who had designed this style of pearls where the three lengths are not uniformly set. The inner string has a larger space than between the two lower strings, so she could pull the lower string up and over the upper string for a more sophisticated look. Chanel also believed the clasp is an integral part of a necklace’s design and should be worn where it could be seen. On this versatile necklace, the three strands will strike off in different turns for a unique look..."

One of the iconic pieces is the triple strand of faux-pearl necklace. A piece which I myself own and treasure. Great story the clasp did not work perfectly when I received my piece which I bought from QVC. It was returned and a new perfect piece which I wear on a regular basis even today - 5 years later.

Where to Find Jackie's Jewelry:

Jackies Jewerly

Kennedy Center Gift Shop

Jackie's Collection of Crosses and Her Love for Her Religion

What surprised me most in all the stories was how dedicated Jackie was to her religion. Philip Katz detailed that Jackie collected crosses. As a public official living in the White House, she was not allowed to wear her crosses but she did insist upon her daughter, Caroline wearing a cross every day. The story goes that Caroline even to this day wears a cross daily!


Jackie's Own Poem About Living by the Sea

When I go down to the sandy shore

I can think of nothing I want more

Than to live by the booming blue sea

As the seagulls flutter around about me

I can run about when the tide is out

With the wind and the sea all about

And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish

Oh-to live by the sea is my only wish

Jackie's Thoughs On Her Childhood

“I lived in New York City until I was thirteen and spent the summers in the country. I hated dolls, loved horses and dogs, and had skinned knees and braces on my teeth for what must have seemed an interminable length of time to my family.”

Jackie's Childhood

Jackie's childhood home until age 12 was Lasata, which when translated from Native American meant "place of peace".

Lasata included 8 acres, a stable, tack room, jumping ring, paddock and extensive gardens inclusive of classical statues.

Jackie was an accomplished horse rider and distinguished herself with several awards showcasing her horsemanship abilities.

Jackie' Bouvier -

John Bouvier III - Prominent Wall Street Stockbroker - "Black Jack"

"John Vernou Bouvier III (May 19, 1891, East Hampton, Massachusetts – August 3, 1957, New York City, New York) was an American socialite and Wall Street stockbroker. He was the father of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Radziwill. His nickname was "Black Jack", referring to his omnipresent dark tan and his flamboyant lifestyle.

Uncle Left Funds to Purchase Magnificent Estate - Lasata

He was the eldest child of John Vernou Bouvier, Jr. (1865-1948) and Maude Frances Sergeant (1870-1940). The Bouvier family descended from Michel Bouvier (1792-1874), a French cabinetmaker, who left France in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon. He settled in Philadelphia where he opened a cabinet making or furniture shop. He made fine furniture for the likes of Stephen Girard and Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother who lived for a time on his estate, Point Breeze in Bordentown, New Jersey. Michel gained his fortune later in real estate speculation. His son, Michel Charles (M.C.) Bouvier further distinguished himself in the world of finance on Wall Street. M.C. left his fortune to his nephew, Major John Vernou Bouvier Jr., who used it to buy a fantastic estate in East Hampton, Long Island, known as Lasata."

Jackie's Tour of the White House - In Her Own Voice

Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis DVD

Jackie Kennedy's White House Historical Association

Jackie Kennedy's Voice

In this video Jackie gives a personal tour of the White House - you can see and hear Jackie. What I find amazing is that her voice is very distinctive as her polished and refined look. Her voice is soft but yet with great confidence and rich tone.  Watch the video and see if you agree.  Enjoy the White House tour and the details Jackie gives of many of the furnishings.

"As soon as John Kennedy was elected president, Jackie began working to reorganize the White House so that she could turn it into a home for her children and protect their privacy. At the same time she was well aware of the importance of the White House as a public institution. She formed the White House Historical Association to help her with the task of redecorating the building. She also formed a Special Committee for White House Paintings to further advise her. While as a mother Jackie was interested in protecting her children, as First Lady she felt strongly that the White House was a national monument. She wrote the forward to The White House: A Historical Guide. She also developed the idea of a filmed tour of the White House that she would conduct. The tour was broadcast on Valentine's Day 1962 and was eventually distributed to 106 countries."

Jackie's Philosphy of Life

“You have to be doing something you enjoy. That is a definition of happiness: “complete use of one’s faculties along lines leading to excellence in a life affording them scope”. It applies to women as well as to men. We can’t all reach it, but we can try to reach it to some degree”.

Summary - JFK & Jackie - Lasting American Legacy

JFK is a lasting legacy. Jackie Kennedy in her own right both as editor, mother, and as socialite brought to the world, new hair styles, new fashion but most importantly, a sense of pride and eloquence which American has never and will never forget. Her strength and love of her religion, her multiple languages, her command for the written language is denoted throughout her life. Like the great man she first married, Jackie is a a lasting American legacy.

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Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on April 25, 2015:

Hi Rangoon,

There are so few people in the world worthy of celebration and yet so many of those worthy go un-noticed or noticed only for the 15 minutes of fame.

To celebrate someone's life is important. For me, the females all too often are left out. What is remarkable about Jackie's jewelry is the history behind it. Phil Katz of Camrose and Katz did a remarkable job of conveying the history of each piece.

AJ from Australia on April 18, 2015:

I love these ever-present pearls and your special tribute.

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on February 20, 2011:


Jackie is a style icon. I have looked at these photos over and over again and just noticed that her sister Lee is wearing the same three strand pearl necklace and yet look at the presentation on Jackie. What is amazing I never saw this comparison until you mentioned that she was a style icon. Yes, I have compiled photo after photo of three strand pearls but the photo in this Hub really showcases how Jackie just glowed.

You are right - she is a style icon and a timeless one too!

Yena Williams from California on February 17, 2011:

I love Jackie O, I think she was probably one of the most important style icons of the past century. Loved this one, great job! Rated up.

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on December 13, 2010:

@Karen Russell,

You are right - wonderful woman. Preserving her memory helps keep us focused.

@Micky Dee,

A great lady. I pray that I did an adequate job of paying her the tribute that she deserves. She was so well known for her fashion and proper etiquette yet the lady was very accomplished in her own right. Women are often overlooked for their intelligence when they are beautiful and fashionable too. Thank you so much for stopping by - means a great deal to me.

Micky Dee on December 13, 2010:

Beautiful tribute!

Karen Russell on January 07, 2010:


KellyEngaldo on January 06, 2010:

Dear Itakins,

Thank you for stopping by. I adore this great lady. Her jewelry and her leadership. Her leadership and contributions I feel were understated in the shadow of her legendary husband.

itakins from Irl on January 04, 2010:

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub-brilliantly written and presented,you paid well deserved tribute to this beautiful lady.I am delighted to see the connecting hubs ,which I will return to asap.Thank you.

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