A question of names
Until the second half of the nineteenth century, cards in Brazil predominantly used the Latin suit. The names designating the four groups were consistent with their design: gold was represented with coins, and cups, swords and clubs were easily recognizable. With great influence from France and northern Germany, via Portugal or directly in Brazil, decks using the French suit began to spread. However, in Brazil the names used for suit symbols remained the same, although this no longer makes much sense: gold is used for diamonds, cups for hearts, swords for spades, and sticks for clubs.