So what is marcasite?
Marcasite, as a mineral is called irons sulfide, however the majority of the called marcasite used in jewelry is really iron pyrite, as real marcasite often crumbles into dust and it is thus too delicate and soft to be used in jewelry.
Marcasite has been especially fashionable in Victorian moments (one of my favourite period times). Jewelers usually describe marcasite as being a bronze color, and you can usually notice marcasite jewelry shining with a classic estate look.
In jewellery, marcasite combines very well with sterling silver along with other white metals, however it’s not used with gold, as marcasite and gold do not blend well together.
It would appear that when used in jewelry, it is commonly mostly cut in triangle or oval shape. If you’re ready to read more regarding marcasite bracelet review our website.
One of the other gemstones that combines well with marcasite is the black onyx. Also mother of pearl, pearl and opal are stones that go well with marcasite.
As to what type of jewelry one can create with marcasite? Well, you can make the most common types, like earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, rings and even broches. The example in the picture is a beautiful oval shaped pendant used like a locket, with a man-made amethyst in the centre.
Marcasite is one type of mineral that is glued mostly with jeweler’s concrete (I have hypocement at home, which should work well), rather than being prong set. Because of this, water should not actually touch the jewelry as the stones will fall out quite fast using their setting. So make sure that you never go swimming, or take a bath or move sauna with your marcasite pendant. Or even wash dishes (yes, some of us still wash the dishes by hand) with your marcasite ring on.
To remove the particular tarnish, all you need to do with your marcasite jewelry is wipe it softly with a soft cloth, which can be dry or slightly damp. The silver polishing pads that I give for free with my jewelry (sadly simply no marcasite jewelry in sight yet) must do the job.
Which brings me to one other tip for cleaning your jewelry that I forgot to mention within my previous post. Wear your silver precious metal jewelry regularly. Yep, that will maintain the tarnish away from your silver jewelry for a much longer time than if it’s simply put in a safe place.