Titanic Jewelry Collection, 21.84ctw Pear Shape, Marquise, & Round White Diamond Simulant, Gold Tone Brass Dangle Earrings. Measure Approximately 1 3/16"l X 3/8"w With A Tension Post Backing.
The Countess of Rothes, or Lucy Noel Martha Dyer-Edwards, was a first-class passenger aboard the Titanic. She and her cousin, Gladys Cherry, were traveling with her maid, Roberta, to Vancouver, Canada to meet the Countess's husband, the 19th Earl of Rothes. On the night of the tragic accident, it was said that the Countess stood on the main deck wearing a life belt, a full-length ermine coat and an heirloom necklace of 300-year-old pearls. Captain Edward Smith, himself, took the Countess by the hand and led her to lifeboat number eight, where she took matters into her own hands. She instantly took charge by steering the boat, and then helped row until the Carpathia came to their rescue. It is said that a steward commented to her, "You have made yourself famous by rowing the boat," to which the Countess replied, "I hope not, I have done nothing." Aboard the Carpathia, the Countess managed her own sorrow by tending to the sick, making clothes for bereft children and comforting the grieving.
Titanic Jewelry Collection
For four magical days, the Titanic's elite passengers reveled in every modern luxury known at the time. During the early part of the 20th century, it was considered quite sophisticated for wealthy families to spend portions of their time in Europe which meant crossing the Atlantic at least once per year. Even to these jaded travelers, the Titanic ship was like no other. Not only was it the most impressive ship of its time draped in every luxury imaginable but so were its passengers. The women of the Titanic would plan for months to bring the right fashionable apparel aboard such a luxurious ship. Along with extensive outfit planning came accessorizing: large hats, mink stoles, gloves and of course, the jewelry. Jewelry of that time was depictive of the Art Nouveau and Edwardian eras. Art Nouveau jewelry was influenced by naturalism involving unusual designs within a symmetrical frame often encompassing foliage, leaves, enamel, pearls, crystals and gemstones. Edwardian designs included more formal jewelry: tiaras, brooches, rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and sautoir necklaces. Many were set with brilliant gemstones, including diamonds, crystals and of course, pearl. Join JTV as we embark upon a journey of adventure and elegance and mark the 100th year of the Titanic's maiden voyage. Read More