Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2017.230.4
Dimensions: 1.5 in X 16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 3.81 cm X 40.64 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Sherri Bethelmy
Recovered red garnet necklace, heavily burned and blackened. The necklace is a series of metal flowers with red garnet centers and five small pendants that hang from the center. The necklace is broken between two of the flowers but still fully intact.
Safe deposit boxes at World Trade Center banks were presumed destroyed in the attacks. Many were found intact months later. Owners who retrieved their boxes found that the contents had suffered varying degrees of damage. Some currency and paper documents were merely charred, while others were completely destroyed.
Lower Manhattan resident, Sherri Bethelmy had a safe deposit box at the Chase bank at the World Trade Center containing heirloom jewelry she received from her mother. In December 2001, Bethelmy received a letter from the bank asking her to come view her safe deposit box. She was given goggles, gloves, and a mask before they used a crow bar to pry open her box. When she looked inside, she was shocked to find most of the jewelry melted to the point that objects were unidentifiable.