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18th Century Portuguese Topaz Earrings


These 18th century floral earrings are made in silver and set with vibrant topaz. Topaz is believed to derive its name from either the ancient Sanskrit word topas meaning "fire", or for the old Greek island of Topazios. The gemstone occurs in many places throughout the world, as well as in varied colors including yellow, blue, and colorless to name a few. Topaz mines were discovered in Brazil in the 17th century, and seeing as it was occupied by the Portuguese at the time, the fruits of these mines were shipped on to Portugal and traded throughout Europe for use in jewelry. These rare and exceptional earrings feature back to front wires complete with wig hooks. Outstanding.


  • Materials

    silver, 50 faceted topazes of varying cuts and sizes

  • Age

    c. 1760

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" diameter

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