"Elvis asked me to make a stage ring; a big ring that would say Elvis to everyone who saw it. The first attempt to make it was in 1973. Elvis gave that ring away. The second attempt was the Aloha Ring, the one with the big horseshoe. He gave that ring to J.D. Sumner after the Hawaii concert. Elvis apologized to me for giving it away, but said it just wasn't exactly what he wanted. He asked me to work on a design using the lightning bolts and his TCB logo. We reviewed some sketches I did, and he liked them. I decided to make the ring out of wood. I carved it out of Balsa wood; I made the lightning bolts and glued them to the ring. Then I made the letters. I cut the onyx out of a piece of black plastic. Next, I glued stones to the lightning bolt, glued the letters with stones to the onyx, and a large center stone. Basically, I made the ring out of wood. He just couldn't believe his eyes when he saw it. 'I want it', he said and asked if I could have it ready by the next tour? I'll try was all I could say. I had the ring ready the day before we left on tour. I took it out to Graceland and sent word up to his room that I had it. 'Bring it up', he said. No, I want to show it to you at your dining room table, under this big chandelier. When he saw it he flipped out. He said even Liberace doesn't have a ring to equal this. The TCB ring was set with an 11.5 carat diamond in the center and 3.00 carats of diamonds in the letters and bolts. It was made in 18K yellow and white gold."
To extend the life of your plated jewelry, individually store each piece in a pouch or soft cloth separate from other jewelry. Clean with a soft non-abrasive, lint free cloth and avoid contacting plated jewelry with sweat, chlorinated water, perfumes, hairsprays/gels, lotions, sanitizers, makeup, salt water, and acidic liquids such as tomato juice. Do not use liquid, paste or “dip” jewelry cleaners on your plated jewelry to avoid damaging the plated finish.