Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Isadora’s has specialized in exquisite antique jewelry for 38 years. Our discriminating collection includes pieces from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s, without a reproduction to be found. Our precious pieces are sent to North American Gem Lab for independent appraisals. We invite you to call our toll free number for applicable discounts. On many of our pieces, we are able to offer between 10-25% off of appraisal value.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marcasite: A Sparkle for Every Season

What stone was popular to the ancient Greeks, the Inca of Latin America, Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette and Queen Victoria? –Marcasite of course.  Okay maybe not of course, but it’s true and kind of fantastic.

If you are one of the people asking what marcasite is, let me tell you.  (After all spell check does not recognize the word 'marcasite' despite the fact that it is a beautiful stone used in jewelry, well, almost forever.)

Marcasite is a pyrite, otherwise know as iron disulphined (FeS2) and it is a beautiful, metallic, black colored stone, faceted and worn as jewelry.   Cut similar to a rose cut diamond, it typically has a flat bottom and a faceted almost pyramid shaped top.  And it is usually set is sterling silver, displaying an enchanting mystery and sparkle.

Gaining popularity in the later half of the 18th century, Marcasite replaced cut steel jewelry as the non diamond sparkle of choice as jewelers began using exquisite craftsmanship and invention to create the most beautiful and fantastic designs with this sparkling stone.  Its popularity continued well into the Art Deco era where its sparkle gave wonderful life to the industrial lines of the Art Deco era. 

And here it is in it's natural form.

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