Lead diver Craig Husar, above, displays the $7.5 million "Certa" belt of gold, pearls, emeralds and rubies, part of a sunken-treasure collection on display through Saturday at the Bridal Ring Gallery in the ZCMI Center. A piece-of-eight necklace, left, hangs around Husar's neck. Tradition allows divers to keep their first find. The Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha was bound for Spain in 1622 when it was lost in a hurricane and buried at sea near the Florida Keys until explorer Mel Fisher and his crew discovered it in 1985 after a 16-year search. Thirty million dollars worth of silver bars, imprinted coins, jewelry, crosses, emeralds and other artifacts from the sunken ship are included in the exhibit. The Atocha's bounty is considered the richest sunken treasure ever recovered, although some of it remains buried. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Original and replica pieces can be purchased.
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By Deseret News