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Index - JBK - Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Updated on March 21, 2016

Jacqueline Kennedy is often celebrated for her fashion and her jewelry.Jackie's fame really transcends far beyond fashion and jewelry and being the wife of the 35th President of the United States.

Jackie's image is enduring because her image transcends material items and social status. The standards of excellence she chose for herself and her family set her apart. She was fascinate by the arts, literature and history. Jackie was a debutante, a woman of the very wealthy and of an upper-class background. She was trained by her father Black Jack (her father's nick name - real name was John Vernou Bouvier III) to command a room, to walk into a room and beamed like a lighthouse. Her Mother detailed the proper jewelry and clothing.

Jackie Kennedy smiling in a sleeveless blue/green sun dress
Jackie Kennedy smiling in a sleeveless blue/green sun dress

“Elegance is not limited solely to a womens’ wardrobe, it is as much the way she conducts herself and her way of life.”

Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco " Chanel (August 19, 1883 – January 10th 1971), a pioneering French fashion designer.

"The only routine with me is no routine at all."

~Jackie Kennedy

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

~Jackie Kennedy

"Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer."

~Jackie Kennedy

A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.

~Jackie Kennedy

An Editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an Editor.

~Jackie Kennedy

Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.

~Jackie Kennedy

Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President's widow?

~Jackie Kennedy

Dear God, please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

~Jackie Kennedy

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.

~Jackie Kennedy

He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. it had to be some silly little Communist.

~Jackie Kennedy

I always wanted to be some kind of writer or newspaper reporter. But after college... I did other things.

~Jackie Kennedy

I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives.

~Jackie Kennedy

I don't understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting.

~Jackie Kennedy

To showcase her independence and sense of propriety, legend has it that on the first night in the White House, she and John F. Kennedy were not speaking because JFK wanted her to wear a pair of earrings twice in a row. Jackie choose the company of a select few, valued her family above all items. While she could not wear a cross, she insisted that her daughter Caroline wear a cross which she still does even to this day.

Jackie was educated at the best schools: at Chapin, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, and Vassar and obtain her degree from George Washington University.

In 1951 Jackie beat out more than twelve hundred of the college women in America to take first place in Vogue’s Prix de Paris competition, with her essay on “People I Wish I Had Known”.

The most stunning thing about Jackie was not the jewelry, the clothing, the most stunning and memorable thing is her love for JFK and her preservation of his memory and strength during a time of great mourning yet she and her family had to continue in the public eye. When life hit her hard, she rose to the challenge - that is the enduring charm of this great lady. It was her exquisite manners, the boundaries and guidelines she set for herself and her family. While acutely intelligence and very accomplished both in creativity (photography) and in languages (she was fluent in more than 3 languages), her real style, her lasting legacy was how she gracefully handled the death of her prominent husband, the 35th President of the United States of America. Jackie was only 34years old at the time of John F. Kennedy's death. We continue to be fascinated by her clothing, her jewelry but most of all the strong and independent woman that Jackie was.

Jackie’s enduring image, however, goes far beyond fashion. Her incomparable style influenced everything she did-the people she chose to spend time with, the way she entertained, the books she read, how she handled key events in her life and of course, the manner in which she brought up her children. Her wit, her exquisite manners, and her acute intelligence were all apart of her style. As the legendary designer Coco Chanel so aptly is quoted as once saying:

Elegance is not limited solely to a womens’ wardrobe, it is as much the way she conducts herself and her way of life.”

Journey with us as we detail many an article and photo collection from fashion to jewelry to family and historic preservation. A fascinating lady, a fascinating history - a glamorous and yet sad part of American culture - the most memorable first lady of the United States - the first lady of Camelot lives within us throughout the world.

Young Jackie and Mother Jackie

Jackie Kennedy with her custom initial belt
Jackie Kennedy with her custom initial belt | Source
Jackie Kennedy with daughter Carolyn
Jackie Kennedy with daughter Carolyn | Source

I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?

~Jackie Kennedy

I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.

~Jackie Kennedy

I want to live my life, not record it.

~Jackie Kennedy

I'll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.

~Jackie Kennedy

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much.

~Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy Fashion
Jackie Kennedy Fashion | Source
Jackie Kennedy Jewelry
Jackie Kennedy Jewelry | Source

Jackie Kennedy's Legendary 3 Strand Pearl Necklace

$211,500 for a faux pearl necklace - the one and only - the 17" triple–strand simulated pearl necklace - Jackie Kennedy's signature piece. And from historical photos shown at the right, you can see, this necklace was certainly one of Jackie's favorites. Journey with me as we explore the photos of Jackie wearing this updated classic and among other celebrities, learn about the auction price in six-digits - yes, that is correct - six-digits for a faux strand of pearls and learn about the unparalleled beauty of Czechoslovakia Glass Pearls.  The $211,500 is what was paid at auction for Jackie's faux pearl necklace.

"The History of the Original

This necklace was Jackie’s signature piece of jewelry. Her original set was faux pearls. More than a century ago, after a hand-painting process was perfected in what would become Czechoslovakia; the wealthy began wearing faux pearls because it was particularly difficult to find pearls properly matched in color or size. When Jackie was a debutante, Kokichi Mikimoto had not yet perfected his cultured pearl process, so the wealthy continued to use the glass-based pearls from Czechoslovakia.

Jackie had many sets of pearls besides this one, and each had a special purpose or size. The set she wore and enjoyed the most is the design you see here. The three lengths are not uniformly set, as there is a larger space between the inner strand and the other two. The reason for this space was so she could wear the pearls in the manner of Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel, a top designer that Jackie adored, devised a set of pearls in the same configuration so the lower string could be pulled up and over the upper string to produce a very special and sophisticated look. This only works well with the aforementioned gap.

Story Book Place - Kylemore Abbey Connemara, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey Cross

The Kylemore Abbey is a storybook place with an storybook connection to Camelot.

The Kennedy family has often been referred to as American royalty and the life of John F. and Jackie Kennedy commonly referred to as "Camelot".

This is a story that connects the Kennedy family, their Irish heritage, the beautiful countryside of Ireland, the architecture of Ireland with a beautiful custom piece of jewelry designed specifically to recall the legendary architectural details in the church at the Kylemore Castle, now called the Kylemore Abbey.

Jackie Kennedy Life & Family
Jackie Kennedy Life & Family | Source
Stunning Jackie Kennedy with John F. Kennedy - Photo by Verner Reed
Stunning Jackie Kennedy with John F. Kennedy - Photo by Verner Reed | Source

Tribute to Jackie Kennedy 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.

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.

Jackie Kennedy Bridal Barbie by Franklin Mint
Jackie Kennedy Bridal Barbie by Franklin Mint | Source

Articles on John F. Kennedy

Unity 101 - 9 Great Pilgrims of Peace

Tribute to John F. Kennedy - A Leader for Equal Rights

JFK - Connecting the Continents One Acre in England

Jacqueline Kennedy's life (wife of former US President John F. Kennedy commonly referred to as JFK) was fairy-tale and is often referred to as Camelot in visual parallel to the "American royalty" life that she lead. Her life, her jewelry are items that continue to fascinated us worldwide even today. Her life and her jewelry holds a great deal of history including the beautiful sapphire cross depicted above.

One of the more beautiful pieces in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's jewelry collection, is a very piece with allot of great history of sharing between nations, a gift of true royalty, a gift from the Queen Mother of England!

"A Gift From a Queen" - A Beautiful Cross and A Piece of Land Within Britain

It was the Queen Mother who gave Jackie this beautiful cross. And this cross is one of the most stunning in a large and expansive collection of Jackie Kennedy's. While within her lifetime, Jackie was given countless gifts of jewelry, the gift of this cross (from the Queen Mother) was accompanied by the gift of the land, a very historical piece of land, a gift to the American people from people of England. While only one acre, the historical significance to the freedom that our forefathers and our soldiers even today have fought for is important. The one acre is at Runnymede, residing next to the very same location as the signing of the Magna Carta

Jackie Kennedy Historical Preservation
Jackie Kennedy Historical Preservation | Source

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28th, 1929 – May 19th, 1994), the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

“If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life.”

(Jackie to Naveen Patnaik, one of her authors)

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Awards

Jackie won her first equestrian championship when she was just 5 years old.

Jackie was dubbed "Debutante of the Year" for the 1947-1948 season in New York by the Hearst newspaper.

After finishing school, Jacqueline won a writing contest sponsored by Vogue magazine, but turned down the prize which was a one year job at the magazine.

She attended Vassar and the Sorbonne but received her degree from George Washington University.

“Few women in history have captured the imagination the way she did, and it was Jackie’s courage and grace that have made her image an enduring one. She was an original, an icon.”

(Valentino, Designer)

Jacqueline Kennedy Remains Forever in History Yet Active in Our Hearts and Minds

One woman can make a difference.

Jacqueline Kennedy's preservation of the White House, preservation of Grand Central Station in New York City and the overall historic preservation movement was grandly inspired by one great and independent lady. A lady who valued art, history and literature. A lady who put family before all else. A lady who is remembered today beyond her fashion flair, beyond her jewelry, beyond her elegance, a lady who is remembered for her independence and noble ambitions for her husband.

As Hugh Sidney wrote in 1994 about hand written notes from Theodore H. White and his interview with Ms. Kennedy: "No small portion of the glamour of the Kennedy stewardship that lives on today came from her standards of public propriety and majesty."

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    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Rangoon House,

      You are most welcome. I am still kicking myself there were some amazing photos for sale out on eBay with Caroline and Jackie and I didn't jump on it and lost out.

      So glad we can document this history and remember this grand era.

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      3 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for sharing such beautiful photographs, some of which I haven't seen before.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      My subject matter was great - great history, great lady! Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Fascinating life and fascinating history that showcases American pride and accomplishment.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Great Hub!

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You make a good point - we learned through Jackie. Like you I was just a child when he died.

      Those rumors of Bobby and Jackie I find hateful. Myself, I was a widow many years ago. I have remained very close to my brother-in-law. The inference that the love we share is more than family love is from someone who doesn't understand the great loss of a great man.

      Rumors sadly make a story and make money - I see no purpose for that negativity.

      Bobby the brains - hmmmm, good point.

      You are wise - the consolation is a deep bond - between any family members. The loss of a father figure with small children probably drove Jackie closer to Bobby. While she was hurting - she was most concerned for her children - her children have always been her stated priority.

      You have a grounded perspective - thank you so much for sharing and stopping by.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      8 years ago from US

      I was not even a teen when he died, but she was the one who made a child find out what a President was. I watched her then all through her life. It really took strength to go through with what we know she did. She surely knew of her husbands affair or affairs and if not then the shame after he died. I always admired her too, she was America's royalty to me. With all that was supposedly wrong with JFK's back it sure didn't slow him down, did it? Odd too that after JFK's death, Bobby and someone else went to see Marilyn Monroe just before her death, the very day of. I think there was something to that. Not that I think Bobby personally had anything to do with it and I loved Bobby, he was the brains behind Jack I think and although there was rumors of him and Jackie, I think they both loved JFK so and consoled each other and he helped her with her grief and the rumors of her husband.

    • GmaGoldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Micky Dee,

      Thank you - she is one of my very favorites. She remains an icon. I am surprised at her lasting power.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice tribute! She is an icon.


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