This elegant Silver Pendant with 18K Gold prongs is set with Genuine Spanish 8 Real from the 1600s. It sold without a chain. If you like to inquire about adding a chain, please send us a message prior to purchase.
Advantages: The piece is completely unisex and could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates beauty and historic events. This ring makes for a great conversation piece as well as a meaningful gift.
HISTORY: On September 28, 1641, the Spanish treasure fleet named "The Concepcion" set sail for Europe from Havana. It was the second attempt for the season. Only ten days before: the fleet had sailed and hit storms and had to return to port for repairs.
The Concepcion, a leaking 600 ton galleon with a rudder too small and overly high freeboard, was loaded to the gunwales with the treasures of the New World and the Orient. Carrying tons of silver from the rich mines of Mexico and Potosi. Also aboard were quantities of gold and jewels, silks, spices, porcelain, and jade. In addition to the government cargo, the Concepcicn and other ships also carried much personal treasure of Diego de Pacheco, Viceroy of New Spain, and payments being remitted by major merchants of all the new World Colonies.
On the second voyage the fleet once again encountered severe storms, the hurricane season being in full swing. The fleet was scattered and the Concepcion was badly damaged. The ship drifted under jury rig for many days, the pumps going full-time. On November 2, 1641, the hulk of the Concepcion ran aground amidst the reefs north of Hispañola, the present day Dominican Republic.
On November 28, 1978, salvages found the remains of the Concepcion and modern divers were able to
bring up the coinage which had been in the strong rooms in the aft section.
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea.
2. To clean use a silver cloth on gold. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.
The jewelry made in the US.
The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
Workmanship is guaranteed.
RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.