A look into the life of an early women’s activist and her amazing jewelry!
Celebrating history from the year Blitz was founded!
Blitz Manufacturing was founded on March 14th, 1912 or a little less than one month before the sinking of the famed luxury ship, Titanic (4/15/1912). Titanic has become one of the most studied and fascinating cases of sinking in our history because of the unbelievable stories that accompany it. We have all heard how the musicians, Wallace Henry Hartley and 8 others played throughout the entire sinking; how the electricity went off leaving the passengers in pitch black surroundings; how life boats were loaded under capacity due to the chaos; how the men were denied access so that women and children may survive. Each story is mesmerizing and is further made so by the very nature of the passengers. The first class elite were treated to the most luxurious conditions including private decks, lavish meals and elegant attire. One passenger in particular, Margaret Tobin Brown AKA “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” was a hero and enjoyed the latest fashions despite lacking acceptable first class etiquette. Margaret Brown was born on July 10, 1867 and lead a life to be honored. She was involved in some of the earliest feminist movements including the establishment of the Colorado Chapter of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association; a founding member of the Denver Women’s Club for literacy and education; and one of the first women to run for USA political office including the senate 8 years before women gained the right to vote (Encyclopedia-Titanica.org). Her husband J.J. Brown had become a very successful miner allowing him and his wife to sky rocket into the high class society. Although Margaret Brown was new to the elite, she was not at all blind to the gorgeous fashion of her day. Fashion of 1912, specifically jewelry was an integral part of upper-class society and included Art Nouveau and Edwardian styled pieces (link to source). Art Nouveau consisted of intricate brooches, bracelets, hair pieces and rings adorned with enamel, crystal, pearls and gemstones. Use Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner.
The Edwardian pieces were lavish and stunning. They consisted of tiaras, brooches, pendants, bracelets and more with elements of diamonds, crystals and pearls. Use Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner
According to replicas, modeled after jewelry worn by specific passengers, Margaret Brown wore something similar to a chandelier necklace: silver tone, blue crystals, white crystals and pearls. See left for replica of the Margaret Brown chandelier necklace on JTV. All jewelry of gold, silver and platinum like the pieces above can be cleaned with Blitz non-toxic Gem & Jewelry Cleaner. If the piece contains pearl, please use Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner or MoonGlow. Browse the Blitz line now for amazing cleaners for jewelry collections!When the Titanic collided with the iceberg, Margaret Brown was recalled to have helped many passengers into the lifeboats and persistently urged the boats to return to the passengers stranded in the ocean. She assisted Titanic passengers on the rescue ship, Carpathia by reuniting them with family and even established the Survivors Committee where $10,000 was raised for passengers devastated financially by the sinking.