In August of 1963, John and Jackie lost their newborn child Patrick. By all accounts, this experience drew
the couple much closer, spending much more private time with each other and their children.
As they healed from this great loss, John became optimistic about the future,
about his life spent with Jacqueline.
In October, John decided to order an extra special gift for Jackie for the upcoming
Christmas holidays. He visited Van Cleef and Arpels in New York and ordered a suite of
kunzite jewelry—a ring, earrings, and a pendant necklace. He knew Jackie loved pink, and
felt that the stone's dynamic color captured his new optimistic spirit.
The ring was delivered to the White House in early November for John’s approval and was the
last gift President Kennedy would ever give to Jackie—she received it after his death. It
was her most cherished piece of jewelry. The pendant and earrings were made but never
delivered to the family. These replicas
were cast from the originals, but Jackie never saw them, and likely did not know that they existed.