KEY WEST - Diver John Corcoran, of the salvage vessel JB Magruder, recovered perhaps the most
intriguing artifact to surface this season. Artifact #71695 (length: 55.0 mm,
weight: 7.9 g) is a gold earring consisting of 6 dangling pearls and two stones. The
uppermost stone appears to be a cut ruby set in a carved shield type design with
four small olive blossoms. The lower stone is suspended in an engraved teardrop.
The stone is faceted and clear with a seam indicating that two halves have been
sealed together, encapsulating a dark red substance that is opaque in nature
and some cracking is visible within. The area that produced this unique artifact
is in close proximity to the locations of a pair of gold and pearl earrings
(#50358) recovered by the JB Magruder in 2001 and an emerald set in gold cloak
pin (#51237) recovered by the MV Dauntless later that same year.