McLean, Virginia (JFK+50) Hugh and Janet Auchincloss of Hammersmith Farm announced the engagement of their daughter, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, to Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy 65 years ago today, June 24, 1953.
The young couple were introduced at a Georgetown dinner party hosted by mutual friend, newspaperman Charles Bartlett. At the time they met, Jackie was the "Inquiring Camera Girl" for the Washington Times-Herald.
According to Jonathan's Fine Jewelry, Jackie's engagement ring "screamed of vintage art deco" & was created by Van Cleef & Arpels* of France. The original ring was mounted with a 2.88 carat diamond and a 2.84 carat emerald. It was redone in 1963 and weighed in at 8 carats of diamonds and emeralds.
*Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896 in Paris by Alfred Van Cleef & Saloman Arpels. Today VC&A operates boutiques in NYC, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Houston & Las Vegas.
"The Engagement Rings of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis", March 14, 2018, Jonathan's Fine Jewelers, Houston, Texas, www.jfjco.com/
"Van Cleef & Arpels", www.vancleefarpels.com/
JFK PROPOSED AT BILLY MARTIN'S
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Billy Martin's Tavern, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the Nation's Capitol, was the location where Senator John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier. Billy Martin's Tavern*, established in 1933, is located at Wisconsin and N Street in Georgetown.
*Martin's Tavern has had the honor of serving every president from Harry S Truman to George W. Bush. Patrons may choose to sit in "The Proposal Booth" which is the one near the window where JFK proposed to Jackie.