A rare emerald discovered in a 300-year-old shipwreck could sell for $70,000. Here’s a little history on this beautiful rare emerald. A ship in 1622 called the Nuestra Señora de Atocha sank in a hurricane and took with it a 6.25-carat emerald.
According to the Smithsonian, the Atocha was a vessel commissioned to support Spanish colonization that was returning from an expedition in Havana.
In 1985, Fisher and his team discovered the Atocha. They found 70 pounds of Colombian emeralds, 180,000 silver coins, 24 tons of Bolivian silver, 125 gold bars, and a collection of Venezuelan pearls.
The emerald will be sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction. Proceeds from the sale will go towards humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.