The majority of the recovered Titanic jewels will go on display together for the first time with a three-city tour that will begin in Atlanta.
The jewelry on display is from a single purser’s bag, which was found during a 1987 research and recovery mission, reports The Washington Post.
The collection will include diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links, and a gold pocket watch.
While single pieces of the jewelry collection have been put on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., this is the first time the Titanic jewels will go on display together to the public.
Premier is the parent company to RMS Titanic Inc., which owns the salvage rights to the luxury liner’s wreck in the North Atlantic. Officials from both groups previewed the artifacts before they are set to debut on Friday in Atlanta. ABC News notes that Vice President of collections for RMS Titanic Alexandra Klingelhofer stated:
“Going down two and a half miles below the ocean, recovering a bag, bringing it back up and opening it and finding … jewelry. 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 jewelry of the Edwardian Period.”
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opened earlier this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking on April 15, 1912. The recovered Titanic jewels will be added as a mini-exhibit in Atlanta, where they will remain for two months before traveling to Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.