Friday, June 22, 2012
sk just about anyone and they know the basics of the story of the RMS Titanic. A maiden voyage out of Liverpool destined for New York laden with a cargo of priceless aristocracy that goes awry thanks to an oversized ice cube. But what about the people, the time, the era in which the great ship sank?
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center hopes to shine light into the murky depths and answer those questions in detail. More than 300 objects from the Titanic will be on display to showcase the ill-fated 1912 excursion. But more than an exhibition, it's about the show, the experience and patrons are immersed in Titanic lore right from the start.
"We have been anxious to present Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition in the city housing our world headquarters for several years and now look forward to giving Atlanta audiences a rare opportunity to experience an important piece of history," stated Arnie Geller, President and CEO of Premier Exhibitions, Inc. "In November all seven of our Titanic exhibitions will be touring around the world while we are once again thrilled to collaborate with the Atlanta Civic Center in bringing Titanic to our hometown."
Each attendee is given a boarding pass with the name of a passenger who actually sailed with the Titanic. It is then the patron's job to discover by the end of the exhibition tour whether or not the person belonging to the pass they hold survived or perished in the cold North Atlantic waters.
Much like the acclaimed Anne Frank in the World exhibit that recently closed at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., the exhibit has taken the tact of constructing several immersive rooms from the ship including the first-class dining hall, the third-class quarters and a replica of a ship construction yard. Each area features personal effects from passengers brought up from the depths by Premier Exhibitions, the sole grantee of the rights to the wreck's excavation.
Incorporating an "in the moment" feel, the exhibit also includes sensory devices and specialized lighting to slowly dim and "sink" with the ship. At the end of the exhibition, patrons can actually touch a replica iceberg.
More than 17 million people have seen this traveling exhibition thus far in other cities.
Tickets to the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for children, and are available through Ticketmaster.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
The Heart Of The Ocean is the name of the fictional jewelry piece in the movie Titanic. This piece was designed to replicate the Hope Diamond which in fact never traveled on the Titanic. However, Titanic survivor Kate Florence owns a very similar sapphire necklace which she received from her married lover Samuel Morley who did not survive the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Ms. Florence's necklace is displayed at many Titanic exhibits.
A similar blue diamond is also featured in the 1943 version of the Titanic but with a twist in the story. In this prior version the stone goes missing and causes the break-up of a relationship.
This necklace has many variations today and is sold as a souvenir at many Titanic museums. Some modern day jewelers combine this piece with other pendants. One example of this is the Jet & Titanic necklace by Swarovski.
A London based jeweler created the piece which is seen in the 1997 Titanic film at a cost of $10,000. However, a real Heart of the Ocean necklace was designed when the movie was released at a hefty price of $3.5 million. This expensive jewelry piece was later sold at an AIDS charity auction and worn by Celine Dion.
The tradition of the Titanic necklace continued in 1998 when famous jeweler Harry Winston made a $20 million Heart of the Ocean necklace for Gloria Stuart to wear at the Academy Awards.
The Titanic necklace is a true symbol of love and thus is very universal and recognized worldwide. The 1997 film did bring this unmistakable jewelry piece to the public eye however the origin of the piece dates back decades earlier.
Collectible jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes and sometimes with a mystique that is never forgotten. To learn more about the Titanic necklace and other coveted jewelry pieces
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