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Victorian “Ismay” Diamond Bangle


This bracelet was owned by Ismay Diana Fitzroy (1933 -2022), daughter of Lord John Percy Fitzroy. The bracelet itself is Victorian (c. 1880), so it would have been vintage when Ismay Fitzroy acquired it. Ismay could be the first or last name of the original owner. It's a very old English surname, but it's not a very common one so clearly it was custom made. There's a possible (but difficult to prove) connection to Joseph Bruce Ismay, an English businessman who served as chairman and managing director of the White Star Line. In 1912, he came to international attention as the highest-ranking White Star official to survive the sinking of the company's new flagship RMS Titanic, and when he returned to land, his life was forever changed. People were NOT happy about how things went down at sea (pun intended, friends).


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), 44 1.5mm rose cut diamonds

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; a few small dents along the back of the bracelet

  • Size

    6 1/2" inner circumference, 3/8" shank, weighs over 30 grams

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