Former First Ladies and their remarkable jewellery collection
These former First Ladies wore remarkable jewellery items to make a political statement
Unlike their husband, these former First Ladies all wore remarkable jewellery items to make a political statement. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright recently said, “Jewellery had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal…I do believe the right symbol [jewellery] at the correct time can add warmth or needed edge.” Therefore, First Ladies and their famous jewellery pieces were used to play a role in sending out a significant message. Here’s a list of a few famous jewellery pieces, which was worn by former First Ladies during their diplomatic reign:
MICHELLE OBAMA: 2009-2017
Michelle Obama made and sent eco-friendly jewellery items to the Heads of State
The beloved Michelle Obama has been known for wearing a variety of statement jewellery during her time as a First Lady. One of her remarkable pieces of jewellery items is a ring she had made from a tree that had fallen on the lawn of the White House. She had a few jewellery pieces made and sent the eco-friendly items to the Heads of State. Today, each one of them has a piece of the White House property.
HILLARY CLINTON: 1993-2001
Hillary made a patriotic statement by showing off a 4.25 carat rough Kahn Canary diamond
Hillary Clinton is famous for her 4.25 carat rough Kahn Canary diamond she wore twice to President Clinton’s inaugurations as well as the gubernatorial inauguration. The magnificent piece of jewellery was named after Stan Kahn and comes from the Crater of Diamonds Date Park. By wearing the one of a kind piece of jewellery Hillary was making a patriotic statement by showing that she was proud of her adopted state.
BARBARA BUSH: 1989-1993
Barbara Bush wore a faux pearl necklace to send out a political message
The former First Lady was known for dressing elegantly while still having a down-to-earth impact on the community. One of her most famous jewellery items was a faux pearl necklace she wore to send out a political message. Since she was involved in a series of charities the faux pearl was a way for her to show respect towards her philanthropic work.
MARY TODD LINCOLN: 1861-1865
Mary Lincoln had a remarkable sense of style, especially when it came to her jewellery collection
Mary Lincoln had a remarkable sense of style during her time as one of America’s First Ladies. Up until this day, the former First Lady is known for having a wide variety of jewellery. She wore a beautiful necklace and two identical bracelets to President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1961. Mary also had a series of astonishing jewellery, which included gold and diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, floral diamond clusters and several diamond rings.
JACKIE KENNEDY: 1818-1877
Jacqueline Kennedy made the pearl style look very elegant and modern
Over the years more than 14 former First Ladies have been known for wearing pearls during their White House portraits. Even though it has somehow become an underlying tradition, Jacqueline Kennedy made the pearl style look very elegant yet modern. It was also a way for her to honour the history and pay tribute to the former Democratic leaders.
MARTHA WASHINGTON: 1789-1797
During George Washington time as president he gifted his wife with a lot of jewellery
Martha’s husband, George Washington was known for spoiling his wife with a series of gifts. One of Martha’s most famous gifts from the former President was a watch that contained rose-cut diamonds. During her time as the First Lady, she has been famous for showing an impressive display of taste and wealth.
LOUISA ADAMS: 1825-1829
Louisa Adams was the proud owner of a seven-strand pearl necklace
Louisa Adams might have been one of the First Ladies with the smallest jewellery collection. But, luckily for her, she did have one of the most famous jewellery pieces in her possession. Louisa Adams was the proud owner of a seven-strand pearl necklace with a diamond sunburst in the front. The pearl necklace was most certainly an iconic piece of jewellery.
For many years First Ladies have worn remarkable pieces of jewellery. Not only did the items become iconic, but they also make a symbolic statement. The jewellery pieces were undoubtedly elegant, stylish and unique.