March 09, 2016

Diving for Buried Treasure

Barry Clifford and his team of undersea explorers uncovered an unexplored trove of buried treasure that he said may lead to the discovery of more than 400,000 gold coins.  He’s preparing to go back in. 

With the help of his team, Mr. Clifford located a sunken pirate ship, Whydah, off the coast of Cape cod, nearly 30 years ago.  The Whydah was a slave ship that had been captured by the notorious pirate captain “Black Sam” Bellamy in February 1717, only two months before it sank on April 26, 1717.  

The Whydah is the only documented pirate ship, and since Mr. Clifford discovered it in the 1980s, he and his team have worked to bring to the surface thousands of treasures discovered on the ship.

Clifford and his team located a sunken pirate ship, Whydah, off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 30 years ago. The Whydah was a slave ship that was captured by notorious pirate captain "Black Sam" Bellamy in February 1717, just two months before it sank on April 26, 1717.

"There's just a tremendous amount of material on board the vessel," he said.

Clifford and his team focused on excavating a new site beneath the water's depths this summer, and discovered coins stacked up "like poker chips," sedimentary rocks known as concretions and thousands of lead musket balls buried 20 feet beneath the sand.  When they returned to the site, they sent one diver down, who came back to surface within half the expected time, with a bag so heavy with artifacts, coins and lead shot that he couldn’t lift anymore.  And this was only from a 2 to 3 square foot area of the pit.

The team x-rayed one of the ‘rocks’ they found and discovered it was really a large stack of coins and gold.

Documents reveal that before the Whydah went down, Bellamy had stored treasures he had stolen from two other ships on board, including more than 400,000 one-ounce gold coins from the two vessels combined.

With the latest discovery, Clifford and his team are planning to head back down into the pit to begin what likely will be a three-day effort to unearth more of the pirate plunder.

Many of the artifacts discovered on the Whydah are on display at the Whydah Pirate Shipwreck Museum in Provincetown, Mass. The exhibit also travels the world with National Geographic.

February 28, 2016

Pendants That Impress

Let's face it. We all love complements. When someone stops and comments on how much they love our jewelry it makes us feel special. Yet, complements seem to be rare and come far to few. One way to be sure to get a complement at work or in public is to wear something beautiful and unique. We are more likely to complement jewelry that looks antique or is unlike modern designs. Virtual Treasure Chest's Atocha pendants are all beautiful and sure to gather complements.
The Atocha Pendants at Virtual Treasure Chest Inc are all exquisite and one of a kind. This beautiful 1 Real Coin Pendant is sure to get you complements. The 14K gold outlay shines bright and the coin gathers the attention of jewelry and antique lovers alike. It is a truly stunning pendant!
February 17, 2016

The Significance of the Skull and Crossbones

The skull and crossbones is a symbol that has been around for years and is commonly associated with poison. When people see this symbol on an object, they know to stay away because the contents of that object are harmful. However, the skull and crossbones has a historically symbolic meaning.

Symbolic all over the world, the skull and crossbones was used by ancient tribes to symbolize power. By the Middle Ages, the skull and crossbones symbol was usually found with the words “memento mori,” which means “remember you are mortal” in Latin. This is why this symbol has been found on old gravestones. It served as a constant reminder for people that they are human and that death is inevitable. However, even in this context, the words still served as a symbol of fear. The symbol was notably used by 17th-century pirates, but certain military units and even some college fraternities still use it.

Some sects believe that with death comes the end of lies and that death brings an awakening of truth and knowledge that is not possible for a mortal to possess. As such, these groups use a skull and crossbones to symbolize that the information is only obtainable by death.

The use of the skull and crossbones has changed over the years, but the meaning of the symbol is the same. In the past, it was used as a symbol of power, and, in modern times, it is used to warn people of harmful substances. In the end, however, the use of the symbol is a way to strike fear into people.

March 03, 2015

A Guide to Different Pendant Styles

While browsing at Virtual Treasure Chest Inc's website you are sure to find some absolutely beautiful pendants. It can be taxing to try to decide what type of pendant or Atocha Jewelry you should pick. 

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March 03, 2015

The Spanish Galleon - Video

Do you want to learn more about Atocha Jewelry and Mel Fisher? We wanted to share this video with you. The Atocha Jewelry available at Virtual Treasure Chest Inc is available because of Mel Fisher's discovery.