26. Luz de las Marquesas
2.03 carat round cut Muzo emerald from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha set in a 22 karat gold ring.
The “Light of the Marquesas” is beautifully captured in the third largest round cut emerald from the world-famous Nuestra Señora de Atocha. This fine quality emerald, weighs 2.03 carats and has been set by Manuel Marcial de Gomar in a 22 karat gold mounting inspired by the classic Spanish Mudéjar style. The appellation “Mudéjar” sends us back into a time of great civilizing advancements when, for 700 years, Islamic Spain was a light to the world prior to Queen Isabela. This fusion of Christian and Islamic art evolved from a pattern of religious and racial harmony that fostered new thinking.
The ring features a magnificent emerald from Muzo, Colombia, saved from the peril of extinction in the ocean depths by famed treasure diver Mel Fisher. Phillip IV, the King of Spain, was entitled by Crown law to keep only 20% of all gems and gold recovered, known as “el Quinto Real,” or the Royal Fifth. The new owner of the “Luz de Las Marquesas,” by virtue of historical occurrence, will luckily enjoy one hundred percent of this treasure! As with all her sister gems wrested from the remains of the Atocha galleon and brought to the designing hand and eye of Marcial de Gomar, the fortunate owner will enjoy the richness of its matchless splendor.
Accompanied by GIA Report 6187154220 of February 17, 2017 and photocopy Treasure Salvors, Inc. Certificate (Emerald Number A85-E380).
Note: Due to the inability of current technology capturing the blue green hues and light dispersion in emeralds accurately, digital and particularly print images, do no justice to the true beauty, color and fire of Colombian emeralds. These magnificent specimens truly need to be seen with the naked eye to be appreciated to their full extent.