6. Gloria de Dios
2.24 carat pear shape Muzo emerald set in a 22 karat gold ring.
This classic Marcial de Gomar Spanish-influenced design ring features one of the largest known fancy pear shape natural Colombian emeralds found on the wreck site of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Cut from a 6.09 carat rough emerald originating in the Muzo Region far inland in the mountains of Colombia, this stunning gem-fine specimen weighs in at a large 2.24 carats. Inspired by the craftsmanship and the history of the era, she is set in 22 karat gold in the classic cire perdue method of the time.
The inset of the cross design on the ring reveals a little known connection between Native American and European cultures. Quetzalcoatl, the Founder of the Aztec Civilization, a divine Messenger to Mesoamerica, told his followers that He would return, at a specific time in the future, “From out of the east, on great white wings.” On that very day, as prophesied, the Spanish ships of the Tierra Firme galleons appeared on the eastern horizon, their mainsails emblazoned with the Jerusalem Cross, heralding the message of Jesus Christ, “La Gloria de Dios.” Thus the promised “return” was fulfilled, albeit, as in other times and places, not according to the scriptural interpretation of those awaiting that moment. The ring forges a connection between the Old World and the New World; it is a fitting example of how art and history can interweave.
Accompanied by GIA report 5182154417 of February 17, 2017 and Mel Fisher’s Treasures LLC Certificate of Authenticity.
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.