Designer marks 100 anniversary of doomed ship with women’s ring.
Jewellery designer Nick Fitch, the founder of Hatton Garden’s contemporary jeweller Nicholas James, has revealed there’s to be a new addition to his range of modern-day sovereign rings with a tribute to the Titanic.
He is in the process of making a ladies’ half-sovereign ring to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.
Now Fitch has created a white gold, engraved ring set with blue sapphires and diamonds to represent the Atlantic ocean and the iceberg that caused the ship to sink.
The inside of the ring is engraved with ‘RMS Titanic 1912-2012’ and a secret sapphire has been included as reference to the Heart of the Ocean, the fictitious blue diamond that features prominently in to the 1997 Titanic film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and directed by James Cameron.
Fitch said: “The Titanic story has an enduring romanticism that I find truly intriguing. It is a tragic tale that is ingrained in our collective consciousness.
“I was immediately drawn to the 1912 half sovereign at auction because of its tangible link to the past. It presented an opportunity to create a unique piece of jewellery that incorporates a really strong narrative element. The ship was the most opulent ocean liner of its day and the ring captures that glamour and luxury.”
The design is the next step following the launch of Fitch’s Savage Sovereigns collection last year. The set of three rings caused a stir among the industry with its reference to the story of Jack the Ripper, which many argued was insensitive while Fitch defended his position saying the collection did not celebrate death but the darkness and mystery of London.
Though this latest design won’t be completed until the end of the month, Fitch is encouraging people to visit his Hatton Garden store to hear more about his Titanic design. The ring will retail for £15,995.