View jewelry and clothing worn by The King himself in a new
Graceland exhibit, including a diamond ring with a whopping 11.5 carat stone.
Blue Suede Shoes take a backseat to bling!
fans can learn more little-known facts about the King’s everyday wardrobe by
visiting Graceland’s newest exhibit, “Elvis Presley: Fashion King.” The display,
which opened March 1st, features about 200 of Elvis’ casual suits, customized
shirts, hats, scarves, shoes and of course – jewelry.
“We wanted to show people what it would be like to look in Elvis’ closet,”
said Kevin Kern, public relations director for Elvis Presley Enterprises. “It’s
almost like looking through a department store window.”
One stunning piece fans might recognize is the 16-carat diamond “TCB” ring
Elvis often wore. The letters stood for his motto, “Taking care of business” and
features a huge 11.5-carat
solitaire in the middle framed by two diamond lightning bolts. When he wore
it while performing, Elvis would have to tape it to prevent fans from stealing
it when he shook their hands. It cost about $35,000 in the 1970s, Kern explained
The exhibit also features a
cross that cradles more than 200 quarter-cut diamonds. It was a gift from
girlfriend, Linda Thompson, and has their first names engraved on it as well as
garnets and emeralds – their birthstones.
For Elvis fans who want to TCB right on down to Graceland, those storied
baubles and many more will be on display until March 2012.