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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.
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 your Ross-Simons presentation box.
Our ever-changing marcasite jewelry collection presents intricately designed pendants, bracelets, earrings and marcasite rings. With its cool, dark tones, marcasite looks striking in sterling silver settings. Our jewelers often pair marcasite with mother-of-pearl and onyx to create unique, vintage-inspired looks that have all the allure of a family heirloom.
Marcasite is available from sources in Mexico, Peru, France, China, Russia, England and the United States.
Our Ross-Simons marcasite jewelry collection dazzles with vintage looks and modern interpretations. The marcasite necklaces, bracelets, marcasite earrings and rings featured on our web site show off the stone's distinctive shimmer, complemented by the subtle shine of sterling silver. View our web site often to see our newest marcasite jewelry additions.