Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage

my little Titanic treasure

I admit it, I have a bit of a Titanic obsession. I don't know if it's because the Titanic started it's journey on the day of my birthday (many decades before my first of course). Or maybe it's just my fascination with that era and the way Titanic seems to have preserved so much of it either in artifacts or mainstream media reproductions such as books and movies. Or maybe just because in spite of my fascination with the late 1800's and early 1900's there is nothing else about it that has captured my imagination or made an emotional connection. But whatever it is, it brought me to what I thought was my second visit to the exhibit, this time in Las Vegas.

It turned out I misunderstood the exhibit slogan "300 new artifacts." I thought that this meant they had recovered 300 more artifacts from the wreckage and were displaying them along with the original artifacts that I saw at the Titanic exhibit in Seattle several years ago. It turned out that this exhibit was only the 300 new ones, and the other ones from the Seattle exhibit were still touring the country somewhere. But among the new items was some very beautiful diamond jewelry. This ring for example:


Among the jewelry was a diamond pendant on a necklace that I fell instantly in love with. It was so Victorian and so gothic that I wanted it immediately. I could imagine wearing it not just because it was my style but because I wanted a piece of Titanic for myself. After gaping at it for several minutes and lusting after it, it occurred to me that any smart exhibit would have reproductions for sale in the gift shop.

One of the most interesting parts of the exhibit was the reproduction of the deck which you could walk through:


It was complete with an artificial ocean below, stars above and refrigeration so you could feel the cold night air. I lingered there for some time, feeling just like I was in the movie.

When I reached the end of the exhibit and the gift shop, I asked right away if they had reproductions of the jewelry found in the debris field. They did indeed. I was shocked by the high price of the necklace reproduction that I wanted. But I was determined to have it and it was worth it. I searched online, but I can't find a picture of it anywhere. And I tried to take a picture of it when I got back to Seattle, but I don't have the right kind of lense for a close up shot. But it's stunning, and goes with everything from formal wear to gothy club wear. I adore my little reproduced piece of the Titanic.

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