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    "Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On"

    Spanish 1715 Treasure Fleet: Columbian Emeralds and Mexican Silver Cobs Recovered from the Santo Cristo de San Roman on the Beaches of Florida in 2011. On July 31, 1715 a Spanish fleet of eleven ships laden with silver and other treasures from Mexico and South America was lost in a hurricane near present day Vero Beach, Florida. Sadly 700 souls perished in the storm. While the ships primarily carried silver, smaller amounts of gold and jewels have also been salvaged over the years. The first salvaging efforts were carried out not many years after the disaster and have been conducted by pirates and modern day treasure seekers alike. It was from the latter that this small but extraordinary treasure trove was discovered. The "spoils" include two Mexican silver cobs and two Columbian emeralds. The cobs, though worn, still bear traces of the shields. The largest of the emeralds, estimated at 5.6 carat weight, has been cut in a modified brilliant style and mounted on an ornate 18 karat gold setting which was made from damaged gold rings found at the wreck site. This particular ring is also accompanied by an official report from American Gemological Laboratories giving the particulars of the stone. The other emerald, a smaller un-mounted stone has been cut in a similar style. But perhaps even more extraordinary than this historic plunder is the original journal kept by our modern day treasure hunter documenting in minute detail his 2011 expedition to the site of the 1715 Spanish fleet. The journal is written by hand and housed, appropriately enough, in a brown leather folder with an embossed skull and crossbones and Celtic borders. His story is told in narrative form and is liberally illustrated with hand-drawn maps, sketches, and drawings. The story of his expedition is told in over 200 pages, sometimes employing humor and often revealing an intimate and deeply personal record not only of his quest, but of his life. One small uncut emerald and a small piece of silver have been mounted to one of the pages. A great lot of historic material, and perhaps just as important, the fulfillment of one man's dreams.

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