An authentic shipwreck treasure, this coin is a unique statement item sure to start a great conversation. Set with 18K gold prongs and sterling silver, the coin falls just above the navel on its extra long custom made chain.
Advantages: This pendant is a completely unisex piece. It looks great on a gold chain, silver chain, or a leather string. The piece 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 necklace makes for a great conversation piece as well as a meaningful gift. - Mixed-metal 30" chain - sterling silver and gold-filled
Information on the coin and the shipwreck: The São José (pronounced: Sow zho-ZAY) was a Portuguese “carrack,” an immense ship with a huge stern castle that towered high above the sea. Following reports that the British planned on capturing their strategic island outpost Hormuz along the spice route, a fleet was hastily prepared for an urgent mission. Armed with brass cannon, the São José set sail in March 1622 from Lisbon with many passengers and the royal treasure of Philip III which included 9 chests filled with thousands of silver reales. After entering the Strait of Madagascar, the São José lagging behind the fleet was attacked by a combined force of Dutch and British East India Company ships. On the night of July 22nd the enemy ships fired more shots into her than any previously recorded naval battle in the Indian Ocean. After a desperate attempt to escape, she finally met her demise after grounding on a reef off the Mozambique coast and a final assault by the British & Dutch Fleet. 66,000 Spanish silver reales were captured by the enemy before the São José finally broke up and sank taking 300 – 400 souls with her to the bottom of the Mozambique Channel. The remains of the São José lay undisturbed for nearly 400 years until her discovery in May 2005 by the Portuguese marine archaeology company Arqueonautas.
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.