Recovered Titanic Jewels Headed for 3-City Tour

Jewelry that was recovered from the Titanic resting in the depths of the northern Atlantic will go on a three-city tour and will be seen for the first time.

The jewels were found during a 1987 research and recovery mission and includes diamonds and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.

Many of the pieces have been on display at several of Premier Exhibitions Inc. exhibits, but this will be the first time most of the collection will be made available to the public.

The exhibition company is part of RMS Titanic, the company that has the sole right to salvage and recover material from the sunken luxury liner.

Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for RMS Titanic Inc., explained that the decision to make the jewels available for public viewing was so that the some of the history can be experienced by the wider public.

"Going down two and a half miles below the ocean, recovering a bag, bringing it back up and opening it and finding ... jewelry," Klingelhofer told the Associated Press. "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."

People involved with the exhibit have been studying and preserving the jewelry, and they gained a more intimate glimpse of the passengers aboard the doomed liner.

The show, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" opened in Atlanta this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.

"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 2-month exhibit at Premier's display gallery at the Atlantic Station development, the jewels will be shown in Orlando, Fla., and then Las Vegas.