National Geographic : 1990 Sep
Treasuresedible and otherwise, the riches of the FarEast came in many forms. Rare spices and jewelry, like most of the goods traded, were luxuries appealingto all elements of Spanish taste. A gold shoe pendant with 41 dia monds (opposite) may have been a containerfor exoticfragrances. Dress studs, like these with dia monds (above), served fashion more thanfunction. An emerald stud (left) sits atop clove, an important spice of the galleon trade. Another delight to Spanish palates, cinna mon bark shows off rings of ruby, diamond, and sapphire (below).