What is Marcasite?
The mineral Marcasite is sometimes called Pyrite(Fools Gold). Pyrite is what Marcasite Jewellery is made and not Marcasite as the name suggests. Pyrite is a polymorph of Marcasite, which means that it has the same chemistry as Marcasite but has a different structure, therefore different crystal shapes, so making it very difficult to distinguish between the two.
Where does Macasite (Pyrite) come from?
Marcasite is very brittle that is why Pyrite is used as it is less brittle and more stable, it is a common Mineral found in place such as Spain, Japan, Canada, Italy, Norway & Portugal to name a few.
Marcasite Jewellery was very popular in Victorian Times, as a beautiful piece of jewellery could be made for a very affordable price, but still have great inpact.
Marcasite Jewellery is usually Silver, but now it is also found in costume Jewellery where the Marcasite has been glued in rather than set in to the Jewellery.
How to keep your Marcasite Jewellery looking nice.
As Marcasite are usually set in silver, the silver can tarnish over time to remove the tarnish from Marcastie jewellery, use a good make of silver cloth and polish the silver carefully by hand been very careful by the Marcasite as they can break and become unset . Never use silver dip as this will spoil the effect of the marcasite Jewellery you are cleaning. Cleaning cloths available from us E & J Jewellers
Cleaning Service at E & J Jewellers
If you do not wish to clean you Marcasite Jewellery yourself, or any other Gold or Silver Jewellery, we do offer a cleaning service .