Largest collection of Titanic gems on display (+video)

A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic.Photo / AP
A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic.Photo / AP

The largest collection of jewellery recovered from the Titanic is on display for the public for the first time since they were salvaged from the ocean depths.

The purpose of the exhibit, on a tour of three US cities, is to enlighten the public of the wonder of exploration, said Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for RMS Titanic Inc.

"We're able to give them a glimpse of how it must have been to have opened that for the first time and to see, together, the beautiful jewellery of the Edwardian Period," she said.

The jewellery exhibit is being added to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which opened in Atlanta earlier this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.

The jewellery is from a single purser's bag found during a 1987 research and recovery mission. The collection includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.

Conservators and curators have been studying and preserving the jewellery to gain a better understanding of individual passengers' lives.

The jewels also will travel to Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas.

- AP

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