"a very pretty amber cross which William had brought her from Sicily"
Historical map of Sicily
Public DomainHistorical map of Sicily - Credit: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

 Sicily is a large Mediterranean island situated just off the southernmost tip of Italy.


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Amber (the fossilized resin of trees) is to be found around the mouth of Sicily's Simeto River. Although amber is usually golden orange in colour, Sicilian amber (known as simetite) has a distinctive dark red hue and is, for that reason, highly prized.

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