Jewelry Treasures Found seemed to be a recurring
theme during the past month. I noted with interest three news stories
where jewelry, gems, and coins were recovered from diverse locations
One such story concerned the recovery of gold chains and
coins from a Spanish ship that went down in a 1715 hurricane along
the Florida coast.
Fox News covered the story this way...
Family finds $300,000 of gold treasure off
coast of Florida
treasure-hunting family struck it rich over the weekend when they
discovered an estimated $300,000 worth of gold coins and chains off
the coast of Fort Pierce.
"This is like the end of a dream" Rick Schmitt who
found the sunken treasure with his family and fellow diver Dale Zeak
told the Sun-Sentinel.com .
Schmitt and wife Lisa along with their grown children Hillary and
Eric uncovered the treasure 150 yards offshore which includes 64
feet of thin gold chains, five gold coins and a gold ring.
"What's really neat about them [Schmitt family] is they are
a family, they spend family time together out there and the most
amazing part about them is they always believed this day would
come," Brent Brisben whose company 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels
LLC owns the rights to the wreckage told Reuters.
The treasure found by the Schmitts comes from the wreckage of a
convoy of 11 ships that were destroyed in a hurricane off the coast
of Florida in 1715 while en route from Havana to Spain. The 1977
film "The Deep" and the 2008 "Fool's Gold" film
were based off of the 1715 wreckage.
According to the ships' manifests, $400 million worth of treasure
was on board and so far only $175 million has been found, Brisben
Brisben's company bought the rights to the wreck site from
legendary treasure hunter Mel Fisher in 2010. He allows others to
search for gold under subcontracting agreements.
The Schmitts have been searching for treasure for years and
before discovering the gold, a 2002 haul included a $25,000 silver
platter. This is also not the first find for Brisben who found 51
gold coins in July worth around $250,000.
In accordance with U.S. and Florida law, the treasure will be
taken into custody by the U.S. District Court in South Florida. The
state of Florida will then be allowed to possess up to 20 percent of
the find to put on display in a state-run museum. The remainder of
the gold will be split evenly between Brisben's company and the
A second find occurred in Jerusalem later in September. NBC News
Jewish medallion found amid golden treasures near
Archaeologists have uncovered a 1,400-year-old hoard
of gold coins and jewelry — plus a medallion marked with Jewish
religious symbols — at the foot of Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a holy site
for three world religions.
"This happens only once in a lifetime," said lead
archaeologist Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The 4-inch-wide (10-centimeter-wide) medallion is the chief prize:
Etched into the golden surface are images of a seven-branched menorah, a
ram's horn and a Torah scroll. Thirty-six coins, along with pieces of gold
and silver jewelry, also were found at a site just 50 yards (meters) from
the southern wall of the Temple Mount, revered by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif.
The treasures were discovered this spring, just a few days after Mazar
and her team began a new phase of excavations, and unveiled during a news
conference on Monday.
A couple of months ago, Mazar announced a significant discovery
involving an inscription on a ceramic fragment that goes back to 1000
B.C., the era of Kings David and Solomon. The newly revealed find, dubbed
the "Ophel Treasure," dates to a more recent era in Jerusalem's
The artifacts were buried in two places amid the ruins of a public
structure from the late Byzantine era, around the year 600. The medallion
was found buried in a small depression of the structure's floor, along
with a smaller medallion, two pendants, a gold coil and a silver clasp.
All of those items are thought to have been ornaments for a Torah scroll.
The coins were found in a different location. "The 36 gold coins
can be dated to the reigns of different Byzantine emperors, ranging from
the middle of the fourth century CE to the early seventh century CE,”
said Lior Sandberg, a coin specialist at the Hebrew University's Institute
Along with the coins, the archaeologists found a pair of large gold
earrings, a gold-plated silver hexagonal prism and a silver ingot.
Remnants of fabric were mixed in with the treasures, suggesting that the
items were once held in a cloth purse.
Putting the pieces together
Mazar and her colleagues assembled the pieces of the archaeological
puzzle into a story that explained why the treasures were left behind:
They surmised that they were abandoned in the wake of the Persian conquest
of Jerusalem in the year 614. After the Persians defeated Jerusalem's
Byzantine Christian rulers, many Jews returned to the city and expected to
live with more religious freedom. But during the 15 years that followed,
Persian power waned, the Byzantine Christians regained influence — and
Jerusalem's Jews were expelled.
Mazar said the Jews who hid the Torah ornaments and other riches were
probably victims of the political reversals.
“It would appear that the most likely explanation is that the Ophel
cache was earmarked as a contribution toward the building of a new
synagogue, at a location that is near the Temple Mount," Mazar said.
“What is certain is that their mission, whatever it was, was
unsuccessful. The treasure was abandoned, and its owners could never
return to collect it.”
The most remote location where treasure was found was in the French
Alps during the last few days of September. This treasure is quite
different than the two earlier gold treasures. The Mont Blanc
treasure consists of unset colored gems.
The news report that caught my
interest came from Forbes...
Climber Finds $330,000 Gems From
Plane Crash In The Alps
This turns the idea of buried
treasure upside down. A French mountain climber scaling Mont Blanc
came upon gems worth approximately $333,000, according to reports in
The Guardian and other publications
The precious stones almost certainly belonged to someone on one
of two Air India flights that crashed into the famous mountain on
the border of France and Italy in 1950 and 1996, according to the
reports. A total of 165 people were killed in those two crashes.
The gems, around 100, were found neatly packed in bags that were
marked, “Made in India,” according to The Guardian report. The
mountain climber immediately turned the stones over to local French
At 15,781 feet, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps
and the European Union. The summit is ascended by an average 20,000
mountaineer-tourists each year.
Jewelry Treasures Found is a nice headline, but may
never be my story - or yours. But it is interesting to learn of these
accidental finds, and a successful quest by real treasure hunters.
Top - Gold chains and coins recovered from a Spanish
Galleon that sank along the Florida coast during a hurricane on July 30, 1715
Next - Gold Jewish medallion
unearthed along with other jewelry objects near the foot of Jerusalem's
Next - Gold coins found with the medallion near the foot
of Jerusalem's Temple Mount
Next - Panorama of the Graian Alps, including Mont Blanc
(White Mountain), the tallest mountain in the French - Italian Alps
Next - View of the Mont Blanc summit (15,781 feet)
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Gem Industry News
Colored Stones and Yellow Gold Jewelry Win Big at the 2013
Industry news sources say colored gems and yellow gold jewelry were
prominently featured by those attending the recent Emmy Awerds. This year
stud earrings with colored gems were about as prevelent as the
"drop" earrings more often seen in previous years.
There did not appear to be a color trend in the gems adorning the
stars. A variety of gem colors were observed.
JCK Newsletter commented...
Just like the statuettes received by winners, warm yellow gold and
colored stones took top jewelry honors at the 65th annual Emmy Awards in
Los Angeles on Sept. 22.
IT is time! Time to begin working your clients on social media
and through email. As always, be security conscious when posting and
I've heard from several people that they intend to avoid shopping
centers as much as possible this year. The recent terrorist attack on the mall
in Kenya seems to have spooked them. They intend to do more shopping
When asked if they would be open to shopping at a jewelry party
at someone's home, they each responded positively. With that in mind, here is
an excerpt from a previous newsletter...
Most home-based jewelry dealers rely heavily on recommendations from
existing customers for new customers and sales.
Your customer base and sales can be increased significantly by a
little innovative marketing. For instance, organize a couple of guys-only
jewelry parties at friends houses.
Have the host invite his friends. They will become your customers
because you offer good deals (low overhead means low prices on quality
Your cost for the snacks and drinks should be paid for with a single
sale. Offer the host an incentive... $$ off a piece of jewelry for him.
The holiday season will be here shortly.
Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.
Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?
Do you enjoy talking with friends and friends