Treasure found on The Curse of Oak Island as 500-year-old gemstone uncovered

The gemstone and brooch on The Curse of Oak Island
The gemstone and the rest of the brooch discovered on The Curse of Oak Island

Treasure has finally been found on The Curse of Oak Island — in the form of a brooch containing a 500-year-old faceted red gemstone.

The breakthrough discovery was made on the penultimate episode of the History show’s fifth season, being uncovered by metal-detecting expert Gary Drayton in an area to the north of the Nova Scotian island.

The rear part of the brooch was uncovered first, followed by a second part featuring the gemstone set in metal. Both items were found in the same location after being picked up using a hand-held metal detecting device.

They were dug out of the ground by Rick Lagina, who along with brother Marty leads the treasure hunt on Oak Island. It was initially believed the stone could possibly be a ruby, but it was later revealed to be a 400- to 500-year-old rhodolite garnet. It has at least 11-12 facets.

The Season 5 finale showed Drayton revealing its age and what kind of stone it was. He said: “I took the gem to a gemologist — it’s a 400 to 500 year old stone.” If that is correct, it would mean the gemstone dates from the 1500s.

Rick Lagina and Gary Drayton examining gemstone
Rick Lagina and Gary Drayton examining the gem shortly after its discovery on Oak Island

The discovery came on Lot 8 of the island’s 32 lots and in reality took place towards the end of 2017, while the team were carrying out their final searches on the island before Canada’s harsh winter set in. It was found on the same lot that a decorative keyplate was uncovered on the previous episode of the show.

The brooch’s discovery came moments after Gary Drayton and Rick Lagina also discovered what was believed to be a military cuff button dating from around 1780 to 1820.

Initially only the back plate of the ornate but visibly aged brooch was discovered, with the pair unable to locate the gemstone that formed the rest of it. They decided to leave the small hole they had dug open in case they wanted to return later with a sifting device.

However, in a lucky twist just as they were walking away Drayton picked up another signal with his metal-detecting device.

It turned out to be the circular piece of metal containing the unevenly-faceted stone. The pair were visibly blown away by the discovery, with Drayton, from Grimsby in England, describing it as a “bobby-dazzler” — a British phrase for something considered remarkable.

The two separate brooch parts
The two separate parts of the brooch as they were found on the island’s Lot 8

It was speculated that the brooch could be part of the lost treasures of Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, which are one of the many things that treasure-hunters believe could be buried on Oak Island.

Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt previously took a keen interest in the treasure hunt on Oak Island due to that particular theory.

The rhodolite garnet’s discovery follows that of a lead cross from the Middle Ages discovered by Drayton earlier in the season.

Other interesting finds on the show in Season 5 have included human bones, pearlware pottery and book binding discovered in the island’s so-called Money Pit area.

The penultimate episode also saw the re-discovery of a “u-shaped structure” under the beach at the island’s Smith’s Cove. It was previously found by treasure-hunters Dan Blankenship and David Tobias in the 1970s, but its true purpose was never discovered.

The Curse of Oak Island airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on History. 

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Kimberly A Polleykim
Kimberly A Polleykim
2 years ago

Is the show over

2 years ago


Noel Simons
Noel Simons
1 year ago

Hi, OAK ISLAND TEAM, i watch a lot of movies, and i found your search for treasure, on Oak Island, Great job, keep up the good works, i must say that when that water comes into the shaft pipe it gets on my nerves, then no one can see anything, and may i offer some insight into how you will be able to clear up the dirty water,——-OK, lets look at the way a simple Fish-tank, works, it has a Filter to Clean the Tank, and i must say it makes it as clear as can Be, So—–if you can get someone to make a filter that can float on the top of the water, with a long hose that goes 4 feet from the bottom,—-Or have the filter up top where you can change it in the pump then you would need a longer hose to reach the bottom, then the divers will be in a better shape to find what you came to OAK ISLAND FOR,—- PS, i hope this will HELP YOU, FROM– NOEL SIMONS,— BERMUDA,

Dick Peterson
Dick Peterson
4 months ago

they never found the mother lode that they have been looking for. As they would say they found it not true close is not finding .