Past Exhibit

Atocha Emerald Cross

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Photo: Robert Weldon, Courtesy of Eileen Weatherbee

This 22K yellow gold and emerald cross represents the most prized of all artifacts from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha shipwreck. Treasure hunter Mel Fisher discovered this rarity in a hull full of gold and silver coins and bars, emerald crystals and jewelry in the 1980s. The Atocha, a Spanish Galleon en route from Colombia in 1622, smashed into the reefs off of the Florida Keys carrying its treasure.