Jewelry that went down with Titanic and stayed on the floor of the ocean for 75 years is on display for a limited time at Titanic: The Experience on International Drive.
More than a dozen items are on exhibit through March 12, including diamond rings, a filigree pendant, a necklace with charms (including a "good-luck pig"), lockets, lapel pin, a bow-knot brooch, cufflinks and a distinctive (but tiny) fox-ted tie pin. There's also a necklace with three gold nuggets attached. It's possible (though not proven) that it belonged to Margaret Brown, the survivor commonly referred to as Molly Brown.
The jewelry is incorporated into an early scene of the attraction, which features 100 artifacts from the wreckage as well as Titanic-related memorabilia from the time and the second-largest piece of wreckage ever recovered from the scene.
The newly displayed items, with the exception of a pocket watch, were found together in a leather bag during the first recovery expedition in 1987. Titanic sank in 1912.
That bag, from the purser's office, helped preserve history.
"The chemicals used to tan leather repel the microoganisms that would eat things inside," says Mark Lack, creative director. "These are little capsules of history that are protected on the ocean floor."
These rare pieces have traveled the world since surfacing.
"There hasn't been a lot of jewelry recovered," Lach says. "There are few pieces in other exhibitions. But this is us bringing the best of the best together for this short time."
There is no price tag attached to the artifacts.
"There is an insured value; it's not a public number though," Lach says. "As you can imagine, it's one of a kind."
Regular admission to Titanic: The Experience a stop with the jewelry. Admission is $21.95 general, $12.95 ages 3-11. The attraction's address is 7324 International Drive, Orlando. It's open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. For more info, go to www.titanictheexperience.com or call 407-248-1166.