Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Faux Silver

Faux Silver by Roberta Warshaw
Faux Silver, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
Many years ago, when I lived in Key West there was a search for treasure under the sea. A man named Mel Fisher searched for many years for a Spanish Galleon ship called the Atocha that was said to have gone down in the Florida Keys  loaded with silver bars and other precious items.

Mel's search was eventually successful. He found the ship and was rich beyond his wildest dreams, The search was not without tragedy and ended up costing him dearly.

A friend of mine's husband was a diver for Mel from the earliest days of the search and was therefore entitled to sharing in some of the treasure. My friend invited many of us to her house to see what a suitcase full of all those silver bars looked like before they took them to be sold.  It was a sight I never forgot.

These newest pieces remind me in some way of those bars of silver treasure.


MÂȘ Reyes said...

Una maravilla!!!Besos

Marlene Brady said...

Oh my! I love this piece. You know how much I love polymer "faux" so this piece is a favorite! Thank you for sharing the story too! -Marlene

Chris said...

Saw these on Facebook the other day...absolutely LOVE them! Interesting story too. :o)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I remember years ago going to a local jewelry store that had pieces on display for sale. A kind of traveling trunk show. Your piece brings those Atocha pieces to mind as you mentioned it. They were beautiful and verrry costly. As a silver lover, I sure wanted one!

Barb Fernald said...

Wow! That faux silver is eye catching. I really like the way it draws my eye right in to see the depths. Nice job!

Lori said...

WOW! Love this. Beautiful!