Saturday, October 8, 2011

WAS THERE REALLY A BLUE DIAMOND NECKLACE ON TITANIC?



For more than 100 years, the sinking of RMS Titanic has always been a fascinating story to tell. Some fictions and motion pictures often adopted the tragic story of this unsinkable ship, including James Cameron’s famous film, Titanic. After watching this film, people started to wonder whether the story about Rose’s necklace is real. However, this ship was full with wealthy passengers, so it is possible that the necklace really existed. 

In the film, the necklace's diamond was said to be owned by King Louis XVI of France. Shortly after his execution in France Revolution in 1793, the diamond disappeared and was recut into a heart shape, known as "The Heart of the Ocean".
But was there really a blue diamond necklace on Titanic? The truth is that the story of the diamond was inspired by a square-shaped sapphire necklace owned by a 20 year-old survivor named Kate Florence Phillips. The necklace was given by her lover, Henry Samuel Morley. 

Henry Morley was a married man and owned three candy shops in Worcester, Birmingham and Great Malvern. But secretly, he had a relationship with his shop assistant, Kate Phillip. Early in 1912, Henry sold two of his shops and gave half of the funds to support his wife and 12 year-old daughter. Then, he was running away to make a new life in San Fransisco with Kate. They boarded Titanic at Southampton, as second class passengers, under the names of Mr and Mrs Marshall. Henry also gave her a platinum necklace with a large blue sapphire framed by diamonds which she wore at dinners on the ship.  

They never had a chance to make a new life, because the ship sank in the ocean. Henry Morley died in the sinking, his body was never found. Kate was saved; the necklace, keys and a purse were the only possessions she carried. Two weeks after the tragedy, Kate returned to England aboard the Celtic. She continued to use the name Mrs. Marshall to hide her identity. It is believed that this tragic love story inspired James Cameron to make the idea of a blue diamond and love affair in his film.
related : Titanic's Gold Necklace was Stolen

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