Titanic Jewelry Collection

Published: January 2012

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, pearls.

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Meet the women of the Titanic

Leah Aks
Bravery is an understatement when it comes to Leah Aks’ journey on the Titanic. Travelling alone with her 10 month old son, Frank Philip “Filly” Aks, she boarded the Titanic in Third Class as a young mother of 19 years. She was anticipating joining her husband in Norfolk, Virginia after her voyage in a Third Class cabin upon the Titanic, but what she did not anticipate were the trials she would go through before this trip took her to her new home in America. Upon hearing an unusually loud scraping noise, Ms. Aks bundled little Filly and rushed to the Boat Deck, where she found herself next to Madeleine Astor, who was married to the richest man on the ship. Suddenly, Filly was taken from her arms and tossed overboard onto a lifeboat. Crewmen held back her attempts to find which lifeboat her son had been given to because they thought she was just another passenger trying to steal a seat to be rescued. Thankfully, Leah was given a seat next to Selena Rogers Cook on a separate lifeboat and reunited with her son on the rescue ship Carpathia. Leah finally made it to America and lived a long life, passing away at age 74 in Norfolk.

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Photo Credit: The Historical Society Ed and Karen Kamuda Collection

Elisabeth Walton Allen
People said the Titanic was the largest, most elegant ship afloat, but Elisabeth Walton Allen, age 29 from Missouri, had to see it for herself. One day at sea was all it took to make Elisabeth a believer! Elisabeth had crossed the ocean a time or two before but never as glamorously as that. She was on board with her aunt and cousin after spending the winter in England. Elisabeth and her relatives were returning to St. Louis where her fiance was waiting for her. Elisabeth could certainly be known as an upcoming “newbie” to the socialite arena, which is precisely why she most certainly was decked out in her finest jewelry.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

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Photo Credit: Michael Poirier

Madeleine Talmage Force Astor
Madeleine Talmage Force Astor was quite the charmer! She and her husband were the most talked about couple on the Titanic, not because he was the richest man aboard or because Madeleine was a year younger than his 19-year-old son or because he was more than twice her age. People had always talked about everything John Jacob Astor IV did just because of who he was, which is why Madeleine planned for weeks preparing for their extravagant trip and why she knew everyone would be anxious to see what jewels she would be wearing! You can almost hear the gasps from the ladies wishing they could look just like Madeleine Astor...the Titanic Princess.

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Helene Baxter
Helene Baxter was a descendant of the fabled French-Canadian heroine, Madeleine de Vercheres. Helene reared three children who all spoke French. Her children were required to only speak English to their late father, the infamous "Diamond Jim" Baxter. Helene's husband built what might be described as Canada's first shopping mall. He also opened his own bank and many Canadians describe him as "the country's largest private banker and a philanthropist who devoted a large share of his wealth to improving outlying districts of Montreal." Her husband was a family man and took very good care of them. After he passed, Helene sold their mansion and department store and decided to take their daughter and her husband on the vacation of a lifetime. One of their vacation stops was a jaunt on the Titanic where they were happily ensconced in two of the Titanic's most expensive suites. And what may Helene be wearing aboard this glorious ship? This Cristaux Canary ring...in honor of her late husband, "Diamond Jim" Baxter.

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Ruth Becker
Ruth Becker was a 2nd class passenger and only twelve years old aboard the Titanic. Ruth was known to be wise beyond her years. She was the eldest child of Reverend Allen and Nellie Becker. Her father was a Lutheran missionary in India. Ruth and her younger sister, Marion and baby brother, Richard were all born in India.
Baby Richard became ill, and the doctors in Guntur, India, said he needed special medical treatment in the United States. Ruth's mother and sister were taking Richard there and her father had plans to join them later.
Getting from India to England was a frightful challenge. Ruth and her family finally began to relax after boarding the finest ship in the world. She and her siblings had never been to America, yet they knew it would be fantastic if it were anything like Titanic.
Everything changed about halfway there. Ruth was the first one taken off and a steward came and took her to the First Class Dining Saloon where she was served hot chocolate. Ruth could not think of anything other than her family. After what seemed eternity, Ruth found her mother in the Second Class Dining Saloon trying to find Ruth with her sister and brother.
The family all boarded a lifeboat together and watched the enormous ship rise and slide beneath the water. Ruth's mother never talked about the Titanic after that and cautioned to her family in a warning whisper: "Don’t you dare tell anyone we were on the Titanic." Ruth kept that secret most of her life.

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Nellie Bessette
Nellie Bessette was a first class passenger aboard the Titanic. She was completely overwhelmed by the Titanic's size and could not wait to explore every inch of it. She was the personal maid to Mrs. Ella White who stayed in her cabin the entire voyage giving Nellie plenty of time to ramble around the ship. Mrs. White was only 59 years old but was so physically out of shape that it took both her manservant and Nellie to get her to the ship’s deck. Because she had taken such excellent care of Mrs. White, this ring may have been a gift to her.

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Margaret "Molly" Brown
Margaret was an American socialite, philanthropist and activist who helped others into Lifeboat No. 6 after the Titanic struck the iceberg. She was eventually forced to board the lifeboat herself and then urged the crew to return to look for other survivors. She became known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Her fame as a survivor helped her promote issues close to her heart - - workers and women’s rights, children’s education and literacy, and the well-being of Titanic survivors.

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Sylvia Caldwell
Sylvia Mae Caldwell was a 2nd class passenger aboard the Titanic. She and her family were on their way back to the United States after spending two years in Siam, Thailand as missionary teachers. Sylvia had a seven year contract with the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions but had to leave early due to her failing health. Sylvia and her husband, Albert, left their teaching posts early, and the journey lead them through the Far East, the Middle East and Europe. Sylvia was seasick much of the way, but by the time they reached London, her condition had much improved.
Aboard the great Titanic, Sylvia was beginning to feel the worst was over until they hit the iceberg. She was unable to grasp the seriousness of it all and felt no need to subject her baby to the icy conditions on deck. After hearing sobering words from a crew member, the Caldwell family finally decided to get in a lifeboat. Sylvia was far too weak to hold little Alden, and her husband was not allowed in the boat. Sylvia had placed her family’s fate into the hands of God Almighty.

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Lucile Carter
Lucile Carter, wife of William Carter of the Philadelphia Carters, was one of the most prominent families in the city. "Billy" and her two children were returning to the states with her maid, Mr. Carter's manservant, his chauffeur, and a brand new Renault automobile. Of course, they never went anywhere without their beloved Airedale and King Charles Spaniel. Everything she had heard about this magnificent ship was true. Lucile was especially enamored with the Grand Staircase because it provided her the opportunity to make a dramatic entrance into the first-class saloon. She also knew that the internationally famous couturier, Lady Duff-Gordon, was on the Titanic and wagered that half of the women in first class would be wearing her gowns. Lucile wondered what she would be wearing and could not out shine her!
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

Photo Credit: Craig Sopin Collection

Genevieve Cassebeer
Genevieve Cassebeer was of New York City, and sometimes Paris. She traveled solo and was quite comfortable looking out for herself. You see, Mr. Cassebeer and Genevieve grew apart, and instead of divorcing, they agreed to a marriage of convenience - an arrangement the French describe as tres sophistique...very sophisticated. Fact is, she got married as a teenager and had a son. Their marriage was brief and eventually ended in divorce, a second marital strike-out was simply out of the question for her. Genevieve was used to traveling alone and may have worn the Cercle de la Vie (meaning “Circle of Life” in French) as a symbol of her independence and “such is life” attitude.

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Charlotte Annie Collyer
Charlotte Annie Collyer was a second-class passenger aboard the Titanic traveling with her husband, Harvey Collyer, and daughter, Marjorie. Charlotte was sick with tuberculosis, and friends thought that the climate in Idaho would be better for her health. The family packed everything they owned and boarded the Titanic for a new life in America. When the boat began to sink, Charlotte and Marjorie were put in lifeboat 14 while her husband Harvey remained on board with the men. Little Marjorie and her mother were absolutely destitute when they arrived in New York with nothing but the nightgowns they were wearing, but Mrs. Collyer decided to continue on to Idaho to start a new life like her late husband had wanted to do. Charlotte recalled their experience in the boat to The Semi-Monthly Magazine in May, 1912. Readers were so moved by her story, many sent money to help Charlotte and Marjorie get back on their feet. Charlotte and Marjorie eventually returned to England.

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Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwards
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.

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Photo Credit: Titanic Historical Society/Ed & Karen Kamuda Collection

Edith Evans
Edith Course Evans, age 36, was a 1st class passenger from New York City who was excited to be boarding a direct descendant of some of the great sea vessels of the 19th century. The Titanic was the newest member of the White Star Line family, which included the Republic, Baltic, Atlantic and Oceanic. Edith had a great interest in genealogical studies once she discovered her family were descendants of Colonial America's famed lawyer, Andrew Hamilton. Edith was an enthusiastic member of the Colonial Dames of America, a group comprised of women with an ancestor who was of service to the American colonies. She had attended a family funeral in England and was sailing home on the Titanic when the accident happened. By the time she and her friend, Caroline Brown, reached the boat deck, all of the main lifeboats had already left. Another was preparing to go, but there was not room for both. "You go," Edith told her friend Caroline. "You have children waiting for you." Edith felt confident that every First Class lady would eventually be saved, and besides, she wanted to do her illustrious ancestors proud.

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Dorothy Gibson
Dorothy Gibson was a first class passenger who boarded the Titanic in France at the age of 22. Dorothy Winifred Brown Gibson was a well-known movie star in 1912. She lived in Hoboken, New Jersey before she was "discovered." Dorothy worked as a singer and dancer in a number of Broadway musicals and got even more attention as the original "Harrison Fisher Girl." Her face appeared on everything from magazine covers and postcards to several kinds of merchandise.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

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Photo Credit: Randy Bryan Bigham

Lady Duff Gordon
Lady Duff Gordon boarded the Titanic incognito to avoid those wretched photographers awaiting her arrival in New York. Of course, if you were as famous as she was, you must expect such intrusions. Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon, was an international superstar known for her couture fashion designs, but it wasn't always that way. Lady Duff was practically penniless until her skill as a seamstress helped her raise enough money to open Maison Lucile in a ritzy part of London. She also attracted the attention of Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon. They married and he introduced her to the society of European royals. That is exactly why you might have seen Lady Duff Gordon adorned in the most fashion-forward jewelry styles of the time.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

Photo Credit: Randy Bryan Bigham

Margaret Graham
Margaret Edith Graham, 19-year-old daughter of William and Edith Graham, lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, the world's richest town per capita. Her father was a leading industrialist who co-founded the Dixie Cup Company. Some of their enterprising neighbors included the Rockefellers, the heirs to the Phelps Dodge money, and their favorite, Zalmon Simmons, one of the richest men in town. He built a magnificent 164-acre chateau from the profits of his mattress company. The Graham home was built in the late 1800's and was a beautiful retreat. In fact, the Grahams could not wait to return to their comfortable beds at home, which were Simmons, of course. Margaret, her mother, and governess, Elizabeth Weed Shutes, boarded the Titanic at Southampton. On April 14, 1912, there was a rap at the Graham cabin door. Washington A. Roebling II, a member of the Roebling family responsible for building the Brooklyn Bridge, told them to prepare for an emergency. On deck, Roebling and Howard B. Case, another first class passenger and managing director of the Vacuum Oil Co., which many years later would become part of ExxonMobil, ushered the three into a lifeboat. A few men jumped into the boat at the last moment, but Roebling and Case made no attempt. Edith Graham recounted the selflessness of Case and Roebling in her interview with the Times. "They shouted good-bye to us, and -- what do you think Mr. Case did then?" she recalled. "He just calmly lighted a cigarette and waved us good-bye with his hand. Mr. Roebling stood there, too -- I can see him now. I am sure that he knew that the ship would go to the bottom, but both just stood there". Margaret eventually married Eugene M. Moore, senior executive of a famous law firm in Stratford, Connecticut. She worked with the American Red Cross during World War II and was active in local civic life throughout her life. Margaret died on April 25, 1976, leaving three children; Margaret, Eugene Jr, and William G. Moore. A more recent note: in 1998, hedge-fund speculator, Paul Jones II, bought the Grahams' house overlooking Long Island Sound for $11 million. It was torn down and rebuilt as a Thomas Jefferson-influenced Monticello-style mansion said to be worth $50 to $60 million

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Irene Harris
You could say show business was Irene Harris' life. She lived and breathed it every single day. She was the wife of Henry Harris, one of New York City's most powerful and talented theatrical impresarios. Henry built the famous Hudson Theatre on Broadway and managed the careers of a number of legendary actors and actresses. They shared a wonderful world of glamour, sophistication, wealth and privilege and were absolutely in their element aboard the Titanic. Imagine Irene wearing her finest jewelry on opening night or coming down the grand staircase of the glorious Titanic.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

Photo Credit: Randy Bryan Bigham

Margaret Hays
Miss Margaret Hays was 24 years old when she boarded the Titanic travelling with Lily Potter and Olive Earnshaw. Their self-appointed "escort," Gilbert Tucker, took the cabin next door. Mr. Tucker had met the ladies during their travels and fell immediately for Margaret. A handsome 31-year-old bachelor, he had abandoned his travel plans to spend more time with Margaret. The ladies were in bed when the accident happened. Lily ordered them to see what the trouble was, but a steward said to not worry and go back to bed. Instead, they went topside, wrapping Margaret's little Pomeranian dog in blankets. While waiting for orders, Gilbert Tucker helped the ladies into lifejackets before placing one on himself. As Margaret stood waiting, James Clinch Smith padded by and jokingly commented, "Oh, I suppose we ought to put a life preserver on the little doggie, too." Lifeboat 7 was the first boat prepared and, after a call for women was made, Lily stepped into the boat, closely followed by Olive and Margaret, dog in tow. Aboard the rescue ship, Miss Hays, fluent in French, volunteered to care for two French boys who spoke no English and had been unclaimed by an adult relative. They stayed in Miss Hays' home until their mother could claim them. Margaret kept in regular contact with Gilbert Tucker, who did survive, but chose to marry a Rhode Island physician.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

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Violet Jessop
Violet Jessop was a 24 year old stewardess aboard the Titanic. She was young and attractive and prior to her career on the Titanic was turned down from several job opportunities. Violet believed she was not hired because she was too young and attractive. So for her next interview, Violet decided to wear no makeup and dress in drab clothes so she could appear ten years older. Well it worked. Violet was hired on the spot to serve aboard the Olympic, where she also received three marriage proposals! While working on the Olympic, the largest civilian luxury liner of the day, the ship collided with the British warship, the HMS Hawk, and both ships were seriously damaged.
A year later, Violet signed on with the Titanic, a magnificent ship that was said to be unsinkable. However, after the Titanic hit an iceberg, Violet was ordered up on deck and told to enter a lifeboat to show women passengers they were safe to board. After she sat down, an officer dropped a baby in her lap and said, "Here Miss Jessop. Look after this baby."
Four years after Violet's near death experience aboard the Titanic, she served as a nurse for the British Red Cross during World War I. She had to swim for her life when the HMHS Britannic struck a mine and sank in the Aegean Sea.
Caring for others at sea was Violet Jessop's job. She was a stewardess/nurse working for the White Star line. Within five years, she would survive three near-death experiences. Undaunted and undiscouraged, Violet continued to work for the White Star line and other cruise ships.
Violet was a survivor and a warrior. She was known for her perseverance and unsinkable attitude. Violet was quoted by saying, "If I survive this shipwreck, I’ll write a book titled Titanic Survivor: The Memoirs of a Stewardess. It may read like fiction, but it will be all too true and painfully so."

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Juliette Larouche
Juliette Laroche was 22 years old when her family booked a trip aboard the Titanic. She had the unique distinction of being married to Joseph Philippe Laroche, the only black man aboard Titanic. Mr. Laroche was born in Haiti, and the couple met in Paris while he was studying in France. He was handsome and a brilliant engineering student. It was love at first sight, and the two of them were married a few years after Mr. Laroche earned his degree.
Mr. Laroche's dark skin made it difficult to secure employment. Even as liberated as France was in 1912, many employers refused to hire him. Their growing family required better job prospects, so the family decided to move to Haiti where his family was prospering.
Passage was booked aboard the La France, French Line's newest ship. After learning that La France did not let children eat with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laroche switched passage to Titanic, a larger, more elegant ship. They were happy with the turn of events until a much larger event arrived that could not be switched.
Juliette had pride in her husband's heritage and would have been seen wearing bold, passionate tropical jewelry inspirations.

Photo Credit: Titanic Historical Society/Ed & Karen Kamuda Collection

Marjorie Newell
Miss Marjorie Newell, 23, was born on 12 February 1889 in Lexington, Massachusetts the daughter of Arthur Webster Newell and Mary E. Greeley. Marjorie was returning from a trip to the Middle East with her father and her sister, when, on April 14th, Marjorie was awakened by a sudden vibration. Her father came to the room and ordered his daughters to dress and go out on deck. After seeing one lifeboat safely launched, he placed them in the next lifeboat. Arthur Newell was lost in the sinking. Marjorie Newell married Floyd Robb in 1917 and raised four children. Her son was named Arthur Newell Robb in memory of her father. She went on to become a music instructor at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. Between 1920 and 1950, she lived in South Orange, N.J., where she taught violin and piano. She eventually became one of the founders of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Robb later returned to Massachusetts, living first in Westport Point and moving to Fall River in 1990. In her final years, after her mother and sisters had passed away, Marjorie began to speak of the night to remember. At the incredible age of 97, she addressed audiences of Titanic researchers and historians and regaled them with her memories of the Titanic's final hours. Her reason for speaking about the event was done mainly out of respect and honor for her lost father. She passed away quietly in her sleep on 11 June 1992, at the age of 103. She was the last remaining first-class survivor of the Titanic and was buried with her family at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. She left a son, who lived in Westport point, three daughters, among them Madeline Crowley of Portola Valley, CA., and Marjorie Snow of Little Compton, RI, and 13 grandchildren.

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Elizabeth Nye
By the age of 29, Elizabeth Nye had received more than her share of heartache. Her first sweetheart had washed off a pier in England and drowned. She later married Edward Nye and had a daughter, who died when she was only nine months old. Soon after, Elizabeth and Edward moved to New York City where he died. Understandably, Elizabeth was on the verge of a breakdown, so she returned to the reassuring comfort of her family in England. After rest and emotional healing, she decided to return to the United States. Aboard the Titanic, however, she was put to the test again. Elizabeth had been handed down the family Bible with the task of maintaining the family register inside. She clutched the Bible in her arms and wondered if there would be an entry next to her name.

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Maria Josefa Perez
Heir to an impressive estate and title, María Josefa Pérez de Soto y Vallejo was from Madrid, Spain, as was her husband, Víctor Peñasco y Castellana, nephew of King Alphonse XII. Víctor was no stranger to fortune and fame and was an heir to an equally astoundingly impressive estate of his own. These love birds travelled for over a year for their honeymoon, as opulent travel was customary of wealthy figures of their time. Upon hearing of the maiden voyage of the newest largest ocean liner in the world, María and Víctor heard this adventure calling their names, though Víctor’s mother forbade them to take this journey. To calm any suspicions that they had actually boarded the Titanic, the young couple purchased a stock of post cards and instructed their butler to stay behind in Paris and mail one each day to Víctor’s mother while they made their way to America with María’s maid, Fermina Oliva Ocaña. Since they were First Class passengers, they had first priority for lifeboats. However, after Víctor returned from fetching a pearl necklace from their room, they learned only women and children were being ushered into the lifeboats. The realization that Víctor would most likely go down with the ship sent María into a fit of hysterics; she had to be physically torn from him in order to secure her in lifeboat 8. The last that was seen of Víctor, according to the Countess of Rothes, was that he was kneeling with others saying a “Hail Mary” under the direction of a priest. Grief stricken enough already, María Josefa and her maid were perplexed to learn that Víctor’s body had been lost at sea. Spanish law at the time would not allow widows to remarry or to claim any inheritance until twenty years after a person was found dead without irrefutable physical proof of their passing. It is believed the family bought a dead body to present as Víctor’s, and María Josefa eventually remarried and had children, passing away in 1972. Although she did move on with her life, it is said that María never faltered in her deep love for her first husband and always kept his photograph with her.

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Edith Rosenbaum
Edith Rosenbaum was a journalist and had been reporting on French fashions until she decided to return to the states. The Titanic was the obvious transportation choice. Edith posted a letter in Queenstown, Ireland, describing Titanic as "the most wonderful boat you could think of. To say that it is wonderful is unquestionable, but not the cozy ship-board feeling of former years. She is new; it’s her maiden voyage and she is the talk of the world." During the voyage, Edith could have been pictured wearing the latest in fashion trends, including this long, elegant chandelier style necklace.

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Emily Ryerson
Emily Borie Ryerson of Haverford, Pennsylvania was vacationing with her husband, Arthur and three of her five children in Europe. While on vacation, she received a telegraph that her 21-year-old son, Arthur Jr. was killed a car crash back home. Emily completely fell apart, but her maid, Victorine, her youngest son’s governess was a godsend who cared for the children while her husband arranged passage about Titanic. She seldom left her cabin after boarding. Emily was quoted, “Nothing mattered, and no amount of money could have bought us peace or comfort. Had we been able to sell the expensive properties we owned in Chicago, Philadelphia and Otsego Lake, the sum would never have been enough to buy back our dear son’s life.”
Once home Emily took an extended vacation, she was quite the socialite and did eventually begin to resume her former position of one of Chicago’s more delightful society leaders and hostesses. She endowed a scholarship in her son’s name to young men of promise, was appointed by President Herbert Hoover to work on American Fund for the French wounded during World War I and also traveled with the president on his goodwill tour of South America.
Emily returned to her “roots” of being an artist and devoted herself to metal work and jewel setting. Along with her roots of jewelry making was travel. During a trip to the Orient, Emily met her second husband in Peking. She married Forsythe Sherfesee and lived in a villa on the French Riviera.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

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Annie Stengel
Annie Stengel was a first class passenger aboard the Titanic. She and her husband loved to travel and had been vacationing for a month in Europe. The couple had the ability to travel because Charles Stengel was principal of the leather-manufacturing firm Stengel & Rothschild. A very profitable business Mrs. Stengel would say.
The Titanic experience was like an extension of their European trip because each day was filled with fine dining, live concerts, cocktail parties and interesting people.
That evening the couple retired around 10pm, but within minutes, they were making a dash for the lifeboats, Annie in her kimono over her nightdress and Charles not fully dressed either. The couple was separated, and Annie was placed in a lifeboat without her husband. Just when she sat down, a man leapt into the boat on top of her, cracking some ribs. She said the pain was awful, but the agony of possibly losing her husband was far more excruciating.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

Buy Annie's Flower Brooch

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Ida Straus
Ida Straus was born February 6, 1849 in Germany. She was married to Isidor Straus, a German-American businessman and co-owner of Macy's department store. Ida and her husband wintered in Cap Martin, a small resort in the Riviera, then traveled to the Holy Land and spent time in Jerusalem. This couple always traveled together, but on occasion Mr. Straus would travel alone on business. While he was away, the couple often exchanged letters daily. They had seven children together. On April 10, 1912, Ida and Isidor boarded the Titanic from Southampton with their maid Miss Ellen Bird and manservant John Farthing. Isidor and Ida Straus were seen standing near Lifeboat No. 8 in the company of Mrs. Straus's maid, Ellen Bird. Although the officer in charge of the lifeboat was willing to allow the elderly couple to board the lifeboat with Miss Bird, Isidor Straus refused to go as long as there were women and children still remaining on the ship. He urged his wife to board, but she refused, saying, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go." Her words were witnessed by those already in Lifeboat No. 8 as well as many others who were on the boat deck at the time. Once Ida made this decision she gave her fur coat to her maid, Miss Bird, and the couple truly in love was last seen alive sitting together quietly on deck chairs on Titanic's boat deck.

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Marian Thayer
Marian Thayer was born November 9, 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She married John Thayer, vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Marian and John traveled to Europe to reunite with their 17-year-old son, Jack Thayer. On April 10, 1912, they boarded the Titanic in Cherbourg, France with Jack and their maid, Miss Fleming. While on board, they met their friends George and Eleanor Widener and attended the private dinner party with other distinguished guests, including Captain Edward J. Smith. The family was preparing for bed when the collision occurred. Jack went up immediately to wake his parents, who accompanied him back to the port side of the ship. Noticing that the Titanic was developing a list to port, they returned to their rooms and put on warmer clothes and life vests. They returned to the deck, but Jack lost sight of his parents, and after searching for them, assumed they had boarded a lifeboat. Jack soon encountered Milton Long, a fellow passenger he had met hours before over coffee. Both Milton and Jack tried to board a lifeboat but were denied because they were men. Eventually, as the ship was sinking quickly, the two men decided to jump and attempt to swim to safety. Milton went first; it was the last time Jack ever saw him. Once in the water, Jack reached an improperly launched and overturned collapsible lifeboat, on which he and a number of other men were able to balance for some hours. After spending the night on the overturned collapsible, Jack was picked up by Lifeboat 12. He was so distraught and freezing that he did not notice his mother in nearby Lifeboat 4, nor did she notice him. Lifeboat 12 finally made its way to the rescue ship, and upon their reunion Marian asked her son, "Where's daddy?" Jack answered, "I don't know, mother." After they disembarked from the Carpathia, Marian, Jack and Margaret Fleming made their way to Jersey City, NJ where they boarded a private train back to Haverford.

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Eleanor Widener
Eleanor Widener was a first class passenger of the Titanic. Eleanor and her husband weren't the richest passengers on board--that honor went to John Jacob Astor--but they were not far behind. Her husband was the heir to the largest fortune in Philadelphia and with that comes a certain social responsibility. Consequently, they were very well-known for their lavish parties and their enviable guest lists. Once aboard the Titanic, they made it a point to meet the right people and invite them to their private parties.
This evocative collection celebrates the great social change and decadence of the Titanic era when Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry designs reigned supreme.

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Elizabeth Wilkinson
Wilkinson was Elizabeth’s last name as well as her married name, but was not the last name of the man she set sail for America with on the Titanic. In 1912, not long after divorcing her “kissing cousin”, who had been her husband, Elizabeth decided to venture to America and honeymoon there with her new beau, Harry Faunthorpe. Their love became serious so quickly that Harry and Elizabeth did not legally marry before leaving England, not thinking that decision would be such a significant one by the time they were expecting to reach their honeymoon in the States. Regretfully, Harry did not survive the sinking of the Titanic, though Elizabeth was rescued by the Carpathia in lifeboat 16 and made it safely to Pennsylvania to stay with relatives. Since she was travelling on the Titanic under the last name Faunthorpe, Harry’s body was sent to Elizabeth and then buried in Philadelphia. Not long after, Elizabeth returned to England as a Wilkinson and passed away at an unknown age.

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Constance Willard
A young woman traveling alone on a mighty ship like the Titanic is certain to raise eyebrows, but Constance Willard couldn't care less. She was a headstrong, liberated, and fearless lady. Actually, she was not totally alone on the voyage. Her dear aunt persuaded the very wealthy William and Lucile Carter to keep an eye on her during the voyage. Avant-garde, radical, unconventional and forward-thinking were adjectives that best described Constance. You could most likely see her wearing this bold style, which she would have inevitably purchased for herself, as she entered the first class reception area to greet the Carters, and their other high society friends.

Photo Credit: Cedar Bay Entertainment LLC

In April 2012, the world marked the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
JTV and the Titanic Museum will celebrate this anniversary with an exclusive jewelry collection found only on JTV and JTV.com

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