18th Century Portuguese Topaz & Amethyst Brooch

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This exquisite floral brooch is made in silver and set with warm champagne-toned topaz and bright amethysts. 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 a Portuguese-held territory at the time, the fruits of these mines were shipped to Portugal and traded throughout Europe for use in jewelry. This wonderful Portuguese brooch is rendered in the shape of a bow with stylized blossoms and leaves.