I don’t love the high price of gold, but I just can’t quit that metal. It’s a beautiful color, of course, but it also malleable and resistant to tarnish and corrosion. That makes it good for complicated mechanical jewelry (as well dentistry).
As I’ve said before, my signature Wendy Brandes jewelry line is inspired by the timelessness of antique gold jewelry. I was reminded of this by a photo of a gold and emerald ring found this June in the 1622 wreck of a Spanish treasure ship.
You could wear that ring now and it would look totally appropriate and beautiful. Make sure your insurance is in order, though, because it was appraised at $1.2 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Worth every penny, I’d say.
The wreck of the ship, the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, was discovered in 1985 by deep-sea diver Mel Fisher and his team, which has been extracting gold and silver ever since. A few pieces of the salvaged treasure will be auctioned on January 25 by Freeman’s. Alas, the ring is not in the catalog, so if you’ve got $1.2 million burning a hole in your pocket, you’ll have to spend it on my jewelry instead.