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Jewellery recovered  from a purser’s bag found during the 1987 research and recovery mission on the RMS Titanic shipwreck are being exhibited together for the first time in Atlanta, Georgia.

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition will be open for two months from December 2012 at the Atlantic Station gallery and then travel to Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas.

Alexandra Klingelhofer, vice president of collections for RMS Titanic Inc., said the purpose of the exhibit is to enlighten the public of 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 … jewellery,” Kingelhofer 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 jewellery of the Edwardian Period.”

Here’s hoping the jewels will make a safer return trip for exhibition on this side of the pond in the near future.