Jewelry of gold and precious stones was far beyond the means of all but the most wealthy. Such jewelry might have been worn by the wife of a wealthy merchant or a Crown administrator who had done well in the New World. Or perhaps a dealer had bought it in hopes of selling it at a handsome profit in Europe.
In addition to silver bullion and thousands of coins, a large array of other artifacts was found along the debris path. Finds included jewelry, a pocket watch, a silver crucifix, silver cutlery, a Mexican serving dish, and Ming porcelain expressly made for the European market.