If you’re anything like us, the idea of deep sea exploration, the ruins of a mighty 100-year-old voyage ship, and a glimpse into the past thrill you. If not, then maybe the thought of breathtakingly gorgeous jewelry will do it for you instead.
All of this is featured in a first-time, three-city tour that will publicly display a majority of the jewelry recovered from the Titanic wreckage during a 1987 recovery and research mission, according to the Associated Press. The collection, found in a purser’s bag, features diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.
Single pieces of the jewelry have been displayed before during permanent and traveling exhibits, but this will mark the first time most of the collection has been available for public viewing. The vice president of collections for RMS Titanic Inc., Alexandra Klingelhofer, said the idea behind the exhibit is to excite people about exploration.
“Going down two and a half miles below the ocean, recovering a bag, bringing it back up and opening it and finding … jewelry,” she said. “We’re able to give [viewers] a glimpse of how it must have been to have opened that for the first time and to see, together, the beautiful jewelry of the Edwardian Period.”
The exhibit kicks off in Atlanta on Friday Nov 16, 2012, and will join the ongoing “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which opened earlier this year commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. Klingelhofer hopes this jewelry will add personal insight to the larger exhibit.
“We are constantly researching the artifacts, learning more about their story, and we thought jewelry is so beautiful and responds well to people,” she said.
After a two month period the exhibit will move to Orlando, Florida and spend the last leg of its tour in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Check out a few pieces from the exhibit below. Click here to learn more.