January 2018 Treasure of the Month Update

In January, we featured this ornate gold-and-pearl “Madonna” brooch recovered in 1989 from the “Rio Mar” wreck site near Vero Beach, Florida. We have received some additional up-close and personal images of this very rare and beautiful artifact.

These images demonstrate the skill and craftsmanship that went into the creation of this item. Please pay particular attention to the pearls which are an integral part of this piece. There fifty-two remaining pearls and upon close observation can be seen as quite worn.

From a private collection.



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