Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Elvis Birthday 8th January 1965

Happy Birthday Elvis!


(picture top) Elvis shown wearing the (picture under) Tree of life pendant given to Elvis by some of his friends on his 30th birthday. 

This pendant was designed as a family tree. It had Elvis Presley engraved along the trunk and the names, Billy Smith, Harry Levitch, Alan Fortas, Joe Esposito, Richard Davis, Mike Keeton, Marty Lacker, forming the limbs intersecting with the letters on the trunk, further inscribed with the verse “like a tree planted by the water that bringeth forth fruit in his season”, ( this is from Psalm 1 part of verse 3, the rest of the verse is “his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”) 

The pendant is dated January 8th 1965, the reverse engraved “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” in English, Hebrew and Latin  (taken from the Bible - John 8:32)

It was made in 10 karat gold suspended from a rope chain.

The design was conceived by Marty Lacker and Elvis cherished this pendant and wore it until the time of his death.