Lucille Ball’s Jewelry

As a fan of Lucille Ball and “I love Lucy”, I was curious about what her wedding ring looked like. This is an interesting story! I came across an article saying that her original engagement ring given to her by Desi, when they eloped, was a brass ring from Woolworth’s because the stores were closed at the time. Later on, she chose a multiple carat cushion diamond ring, that she is wearing in this photo. [Source: Timeline and Marriages of Lucille Ball Arnaz]

“Although Desi later gave me a platinum ring, that little discolored brass ring rested among the diamonds and emeralds in my jewel case for years … After the short ceremony, we ate our wedding breakfast in front of a bright fire in the club’s lounge. Outside, a fresh mantle of snow hung on the pine trees. After all the indecision we’d been through, Desi and I were dazed with happiness.” [Source: Lucille Ball. Love, Lucy. 1996. pg. 110]

Another intersting fact: Desi gave Lucy a diamond-encrusted heart-shaped lapel watch on her 29th birthday, which was August 6th. It was Lucy’s first gift from Desi. It eventually served as the model for the logo used in the opening titles of “I Love Lucy”. [Source: I love Lucy Facts]

Here is more of Lucy’s jewelry that were sold at a Christie’s Auction several years ago. Partial Proceeds from the Collection benefited The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, NY

1. A CABOCHON STAR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING – Set with a cabochon star sapphire within a two-tiered marquise-cut diamond surround, mounted in platinum, (ring hoop detachable)

2. A DIAMOND BRACELET –
Designed as a flexible tapered band of circular and marquise-cut diamond clusters, mounted in platinum, 6¼ ins.

3. A SUITE OF YELLOW SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND JEWELRY, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS –
Comprising a pendant necklace, set with a detachable oval-cut yellow sapphire, within a circular-cut diamond cartouche panel, topped by a collet-set diamond, to the textured gold openwork circular link chain with triple-row diamond spacers; a pair of ear clips and ring en suite, all mounted in 18k gold, necklace 15 ins. [Source and Images from: Christie’s Magnificent Jewels]

Blog post by ~ Jelene

3 thoughts on “Lucille Ball’s Jewelry

  1. Gee what a woman of style and grace, I wish I could own one of her pearl necklaces, especially the one with double standard cascading pearls she must have loved that one she wore it often.does anyoñne know where that one went?

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