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Early 19th Century Portuguese Topaz Cluster Ring


This lovely pear-shaped cluster ring set with earthy-peach hued topaz dates to the later Georgian period. 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, pink, and colorless to name a few. Topaz mines were discovered in Brazil in the 17th century, and seeing as it was a Portuguese colony at the time, the fruits of these mines were shipped on to Portugal and traded throughout Europe for use in jewelry. This gemstone sits with a crimped gold collet with a foil-backed dished setting. This type of setting is a hallmark of Georgian jewelry: foil was set behind gem to add light and sparkle to the stone. It certainly does this job, but it means that you have to remove the ring before showering or washing your hands. It's possible that water can seep between the stone and the foil, oxidize, and darken.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), silver, 11 pear-shaped topaz (8.4mm x 5.9mm center)

  • Age

    c. 1800

  • Condition

    Very good - possibly re-shanked

  • Size

    size 7.75; 3/4" x 1/2" head, 1.1mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.