In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the voyage of the RMS Titanic, Byrd Designs has selected a number of it's original designs to showcase in our Titanic Jewelry Collection.
A celebration of opulence and beauty, the story of the Titanic has brought back to life some of the wonderful fashion styles of this era.? Both the Victorian Era and the Edwardian Era were represented during this transitional time in history with some of the richest and most powerful people in it's time on board this ship that was to sail from Southampton to New York.
The Women of the Titanic
Some of the famous women that would have worn jewelry and hair accessories like that seen in our Titanic jewelry collection were socialites, philanthropists, fashion designers, actors and business owners.
One could only imagine the absolute beauty of the jewelry and hair accessories that accompanied leading fashion designer Lady Duff Gordon aboard the Titanic.? Clearly with an eye for detail and beauty, she was one of the first to train professional models.? She even introduced low necklines and liberating slit skirts.? She would have been on the leading edge of fashion and would have worn any one of the Art Nouveau or Edwardian influenced pieces by Byrd Designs.
Returning from an extended honeymoon in Egypt, famous widow Madeleine Talmage Astor Force glistening with her pregnancy glow, could have been wearing one of our Victorian inspired necklaces.
Just think what the co-owner of Macy's Ida Straus would have brought along on her last journey.? She died together with her husband in a true showing of her love as she was heard by survivors on Lifeboat 8 "We have lived together for many years.? Where you go, I go".? She refused to get on the lifeboat that would have saved her life because there were women and children still on the ship.? Ida and her husband Isidor Straus were last seen alive sitting together quietly on deck chairs on Titanic's boat deck when a huge wave washed over them.
Margaret "Molly" Brown, later known as the unsinkable Molly Brown for her heroic efforts to get Lifeboat 6 to go back to search for survivors despite the strong objections from Quatermaster Robert Hichens, the crewman in charge of her lifeboat.? Her fame as a Titanic survivor helped her promote the issues she felt strongly about such as the rights of workers and women, and the education and literacy of children.? Such a strong woman must have worn her jewelry and hair accessories with valor aboard the mighty Titanic.
Another strong woman and survivor of the Titanic was Lucy Noel Martha Leslie otherwise known as the Countess of Rothes.? Before her leadership role aboard lifeboat 8 where she not only rowed all night long but then cared for the steerage women and children once safely aboard the RMS Carpathia, one could almost see her proudly walk the deck wearing an original hair accessory by Byrd Designs.
Additional information about the Titanic