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A first: Recovered Titanic jewels will go on display

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)

    A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)

  • A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)

    A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)

  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES

    FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES

  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES

    FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES

  • A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

    A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

  • A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

    A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 photo, the blue-and-white gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in her iconic role of Dorothy designed by Adrian for the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz," with a video portrait of garland in the background, appears on display at the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the gingham dress fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
  • A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)
  • A platinum and diamond necklace recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Jpohnny Clark)
  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES
  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Warner Bros., Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, auction house Julien's Auctions said the blue pinafore dress that Garland wore in the movie fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world, selling for $480,000. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) NO SALES
  • A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
  • A diamond and sapphire ring recovered from the Titanic is seen in an image made from video. This piece and others begin a three-city tour in Atlanta on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 and represent the largest collection of jewelry ever on display marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. Although single pieces of jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

The jewelry 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.

Although single pieces of the jewelry have been on display at one or more permanent and traveling exhibits sponsored by Premier Exhibitions Inc., their Atlanta debut is the first time the majority of the collection has been available to the public.

The exhibit opens Friday at Premier’s display gallery at the Atlantic Station gallery in Atlanta.

In a nondescript industrial office in north Atlanta, officials from Premier Exhibitions Inc. and RMS Titanic Inc. previewed the artifacts before the exhibit opening. Exhibition company Premier is the parent of RMS Titanic, which owns the rights to salvage from the luxury liner’s wreck on the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for RMS Titanic Inc., said the purpose of the exhibit is to show the public the wonder of exploration.

“Going down two and a half miles below the ocean, recovering a bag, bringing it back up and opening it and finding ... jewelry,” Klingelhofer said. “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.”

Conservators and curators have been studying and preserving the jewelry to gain a better understanding of individual passengers’ lives aboard the ill-fated voyage.

“Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” opened in Atlanta earlier this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. Klingelhofer said this jewelry mini-exhibit is being added to provide personal insight.

“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 two-month exhibit in Atlanta, the jewels will travel to Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.

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