Marcasite jewelry has been around for centuries, with early examples discovered in Incan ruins and Egyptian tombs. Marcasite was thought to have therapeutic properties and was often used as a healing stone. Many cultures also believed marcasite would attract wealth and inspire creativity.
It was during Queen Victoria's reign that marcasite jewelry gained great popularity. After her husband died, Queen Victoria donned only dark clothing and jewelry to symbolize her widowhood, and the masses followed suit. Marcasite brooches were a Victorian favorite, as well as lockets, cameos and earrings.
The marcasite used in jewelry today is a form of iron pyrite. With its metallic luster and fiery sparkle, marcasite has also been called Fool's Gold. When cut with facets, marcasite shimmers like tiny diamonds, but is much more affordable.
MARCASITE: Made popular during the Victorian Era, marcasite (also known as iron pyrite) shimmers with a metallic luster and diamond-like sparkle. Often used in Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs, marcasite lends jewelry a vintage vibe. More about colored gemstones.
Marcasite is available from sources in Mexico, Peru, France, China, Russia, England and the United States.
Gently wipe your marcasite jewelry with a soft, damp cloth to remove any tarnish from the silver and to keep the stones clean. Wearing your silver jewelry frequently helps keep it tarnish-free. To store, place your marcasite jewelry in box.