Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 11:51 am by Chris
When the British luxury liner, Titanic, struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, many of those who died were among the wealthiest people of their era. The new exhibition, âJewels of Titanic,â also proves that they didnât hesitate to travel with their very best jewelry.
The exhibition shares the story of the jewelryâs discovery, underwater recovery, mysterious lineage and the influence these artifacts have in todayâs pop culture. It also reveals how first-class passengers would often enlist the help of the shipâs purser, who would secure their valuables, including fine jewelry.
Amazingly, during a 1987 recovery mission, a purserâs bag was found amidst the Titanic wreckage at a depth of 2 1/2 miles. The Gladstone bag contained a cache of precious contents, including a handmade platinum, 18-karat gold and diamond filigree ring; a gold ribbon brooch with diamonds; and a set of menâs gold cufflinks and studs embellished with green enamel.
âThe majority of the best-of-the-best, high-end pieces came from the Gladstone bag,â Alexandra Klingelhofer, vp of collections for RMS Titanic, Inc., told Forbes. âTheyâre beautiful, explicit, Edwardian pieces.â
âWe thought it would be a fitting end to the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic and that the jewelry would be highlighted in a different way as a mini-exhibit,â she said.
âJewels of Titanicâ makes it debut this Friday at Atlantaâs Premier Exhibition Center. The jewelry collection will share its time among the three permanent Titanic exhibition spaces that are owned and operated by RMS Titanic, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. The schedule is below:
Atlanta: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station
Nov. 16 â Jan. 6, 2013
Orlando: Titanic The Experience, International Drive
Jan. 11, 2013 â March 12, 2013
Las Vegas: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Luxor Hotel and Casino
Mar. 22, 2013 â May 31, 2013