Throughout my travels as someone who dabbles in antiques, I’ve come across many different and unusual pieces of jewelry. I’ve seen beautiful tiaras, hat pins, earrings, necklaces, brooches and rings that were worn by women long gone. Be they priceless jewels or costume jewelry with only sentimental value, each piece has a history and a story to follow it into the future.
Most pieces of old jewelry, I have found, were given to women as gifts by the men who were courting them and then passed down from mother to daughter, again and again, as generations allowed. The history of heirloom jewelry is often documented for posterity.
A new collection of vintage jewelry is on public display for the first time since its discovery in 1987. A large collection recovered from the Titanic is on a tour of three U.S. cities (Atlanta, Orlando and Las Vegas) with the intention of enlightening the public to the wonders of exploration.
“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.” – Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections for RMS Titanic, Inc.
The jewelry exhibit is being added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," which opened earlier this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912.
The jewelry is believes to be from a single purser’s bad found during a 1987 research and recovery mission and includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch.
Conservators and curators have been studying and preserving the jewelry to gain a better understanding of individualpassengers' lives.
The history of these particular pieces will certainly enhance their value, not only monetarily but sentimentally, as the story of Titanic continues to touch the hearts and lives of people around the world after more than one hundred years.
Is there any jewelry in your family that tells a story?