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11 December 2022, 19:31

A rare emerald from Nuestra Señora de Atocha was sold at Sotheby's auction to help Ukraine

A rare emerald from Nuestra Señora de Atocha was sold at Sotheby's auction to help Ukraine
Much is said about jewels, and in general the findings from the shipwreck Nuestra Señora de Atocha in 1622. They often write about items that have been lifted. Or about their sale at auctions or transfer to museums. However, this case seemed particularly interesting to me. And above all, because he is connected with Ukraine.

The other day, a rare emerald was sold at the Sotheby's Magnificent Jewel auction for $1.2 million, the proceeds of which will go to help Ukraine. This precious stone weighs 6.25 carats and has more than 400 years of history. However, I will start from the end.

In 1988, Frank Perdue, who invested part of the funds in the raising of a sunken treasure ship, gave his future wife Mitza a ring with a rare emerald. It was one of the items Purdue kept for himself along with the gold doubloon. He gave most of his gems, silver and gold coins to the Smithsonian Institution and the Delaware Technical College.
Mel Fisher in 1986, examining some rough-cut emeralds his team found in a shipwreck
Mel Fisher in 1986, examining some rough-cut emeralds his team found in a shipwreck
By the way, Nuestra Señora de Atocha's precious cargo included 180,000 coins, 24 tons of bullion minted from Bolivian silver, 125 gold bars and 32 kilograms of rough-cut emeralds mined in the 17th century in Colombia. And only in 1985, the treasure hunter Mel Fisher finally found the sunken ship and raised the treasures, the total amount of which was about 400 million dollars.

As for the emerald that was given to Mitz Perdue, it was mined in Colombia in the 17th century. The stone is a pristine sample of emerald from old mines. It has perfect structure and color.
Mitzi Perdue during a visit to the Kyiv region
Mitzi Perdue during a visit to the Kyiv region
As predicted by experts of the jewelry department of the auction, the final price was influenced by the history of the emerald and where the proceeds from the sale will go. Mitzi Perdue decided to donate them to support Ukraine's humanitarian efforts.

At the beginning of the year, the woman visited Ukraine, and it so happened that she was in a bomb shelter during an air raid. It made an unforgettable impression on her. After some time, Mitzi Perdue decided to sell the ring at an auction and donate the proceeds from the sale to help Ukrainians.

According to preliminary estimates, the estimated value varied from 50 to 70 thousand dollars.

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