Workshop Note

In 1976 the US celebrated the two hundred year anniversary of the American Revolution. The American Bicentennial celebration lasted the entire year. It included parades, patriotic ceremonies and patriotic gifts to the President and the nation. President Gerald R. Ford decided to accept on behalf of the nation all Bicentennial gifts which were sent to the White House. Gifts ranged from Bicentennial squeaker toys to model fire hydrants painted as colonial soldiers, and even jewelry. One of the most impressive Bicentennial gifts was the Bicentennial Jewel made by Pierre J. Touraine.

The Bicentennial Jewel is made of white gold, diamonds, rubies and sapphires and is in the shape of the official 1976 Bicentennial symbol. The neck support contains thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies. The pendant may be removed and worn as a pin.

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