This 22K yellow gold and emerald cross represents the most prized of all artifacts from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha shipwreck. This rare ornate cross was found in what was the hull of what was this unfortunate ship. The Atocha, a Spanish treasure ship en route from Colombia in 1622, smashed into the reefs, losing many lives and a fortune in riches.
The Private Collection, the only one of its scope in existence, tells the story of the emerald through jewelry and objets d’art. Past, present, and future are woven together by this selection of heirloom pieces that transects the stylistic trends and events to which the emerald has borne witness.
The sophisticated technique of 17th-century jewelers is illustrated by a sumptuous orb of gold surmounted by a cross, an emblem of power, embellished with 37 emeralds set in gold thread.
Other treasures of the collection include the legendary Atocha cross and ring that went down with the Spanish galleon of the same name when it was shipwrecked off the coast of Florida in 1715, and were recovered in 1985 as part of a haul valued at $500 million dollars.