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An exhibition of treasures from the most expensive shipwreck in the world has opened in New York.


Lyudmila Balabay

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Treasures recovered from the world's most expensive shipwreck are on display in New York as part of Winter Show. 400 years ago, a ship with these jewels sank off the coast of Florida, and now we can see them at an exhibition in New York, writes Daily Mail.

The Winter Show features three historical items recovered from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha shipwreck: an emerald cross, a royal orb and an emerald ring.

The Nuestra Señora de Atocha and the treasures of the New World, belonging to the Spanish King Philip IV, left Havana in early September 1622. There were 265 people on board, as well as 40 tons of silver, gold and other valuables taken from Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela.

The ship sank west of Key West just a few days into the voyage due to a hurricane. The disaster claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including wealthy colonialists who brought with them their personal jewelry.

The cargo of gold, silver, copper, tobacco and precious stones was so large that loading it onto the Nuestra Señora de Atocha took two months. Today these treasures are valued at $1,1 billion.

Spanish rescuers have searched for the sunken treasure for six decades without success. It was not until 1969 that former farmer Mel Fisher managed to discover some of the treasures from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. The search took more than ten years; Fischer's son Dirk and his wife died during search operations in 1975 - their boat capsized.

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Finally, in July 1985, the main pile of treasure was discovered in the main hull of the ship. There were 70 pounds (32 kg) of Colombian emeralds, 180 silver coins, 000 tons of Bolivian silver, 24 gold bars and a collection of Venezuelan pearls.

Three impressive pieces of jewelry were discovered on the wreck in near perfect condition: an emerald cross and ring, and a royal orb. They are the ones presented at the exhibition in New York.

The ornate cross is the most valuable of all the artifacts found from the shipwreck. It is made of 22-karat yellow gold and set with nine bright green emeralds.

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The royal orb was handcrafted by goldsmiths, likely Colombian, and features 37 Muzo emeralds set in an intricate 22-karat yellow gold setting. Numerous pear-shaped emeralds are cut in the same way as the emeralds on Spanish crosses and brooches worn in royal circles in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.

The ring features a bright green emerald from the Colombian Muzo mine weighing approximately 2,5 carats. It is made of high-karat gold, intended for royalty of the XNUMXth century.

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The precious items were purchased at auction by the current owners in 2015, and Fischer's family used Sotheby's to sell them after his death in 1998. The amounts for which these jewelry were then sold are unknown.

In New York, these jewels are not sold, but displayed. They can be seen on Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory until January 28.

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