Georgian Yellow Topaz Silver Brooch
The 18th century role of topaz blossomed with the influx of precious gems from South America by the conquering Spaniards. Rare not to find pieces, this yellow topaz flower brooch is probably once part of a large hair ornament or other ornamental bauble.
Foiled and set closed back in silver, the floral form was ubiquitous during the bejeweled 1700s. Now sporting a brooch fitting, the topaz stones remain glorious and radiant.
Condition: Good to very good; front is very good with a minimal amount of wear and minute chips to stones when viewed with magnification; some light variation to the foil as expected with age; reverse has medium wear and a later date base and re-attachment of tube hinge as well as later “C” clasp and pin stem.
Measurements: 1-1/4 inches (3.3 cm) in length by 1 inch (2.6 cm) in width. Weight of 9.5 grams.
Date: Circa 1780 and is possibly Spanish in origin.