El Paso, TX-based The Gallery at Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry Art Watches & Appraisals has announced the first in a series of celebrity jewelry exhibitions and sale of reproduction jewelry from the collection of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis opening on November 1 and continuing through November 30. The jewelry represents examples of couture jewelry worn by Onassis while she was the First Lady and afterwards as she sailed through her iconic life.
Many government first ladies worldwide and royalty have large collections of jewelry gifted to them by heads of state, personally collected during their lifetime, inherited family heirlooms or purchased for special occasions. Jacqueline Onassis was one of those. Not only did she have jewelry given to her by President John F. Kennedy, she was always dressed with exceptional jewelry and clothes and had designers yearning to have their jewelry worn by her.
On display in the gallery are exquisite reproductions of jewelry worn during her lifetime, including a diamond necklace worn on an official visit to India, a turquoise necklace worn to her daughter’s graduation, an art deco diamond and sapphire bracelet worn when she danced at a large gala in New York, and a white and multicolored enamel bracelet she wore for her whole life, a gift from a close friend. Also on exhibit is a floating pearl necklace worn on her Acapulco honeymoon with JFK. Photographs of Mrs. Onassis in her various roles as a fashionable first lady and New York socialite will also be on display in the gallery.
“How jewelry has an important place in the history of our country, especially during an election year, is something I wanted to show. As an El Paso jewelry designer for celebrities on the red carpet, it is exciting to see how jewelry and fashion plays an important part in the glamour of a celebrity,” said Susan Eisen, jewelry entrepreneur, designer, and author of “Crazy About Jewelry.”
Susan Eisen is the President and Chief Designer at Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry Art Watches & Appraisals, a graduate gemologist from GIA, a Master Gemologist Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society. She is the author of two books, one on collecting jewelry (www.crazyaboutjewelry.net) and the other on avoiding family inheritance battles after you die (www.inheritanceexpert.com, www.susaneisen.com). An El Paso native, she founded her first store in 1980, currently located at 5857 North Mesa, and does custom jewelry designing, repairs, and fine art appraising. Her designs have been worn on the red carpet at the Emmys, the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, and the Academy Awards. Eisen’s gallery features fine art and crafts by El Paso, regional and national artists.