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Marcasite jewelry is set with marcasite gemstones made of pyrite (fool's gold), and not as the name suggests, from actual marcasite. Pyrite is a naturally occurring mineral which can be commonly found in a variety of geological formations. Due to its brassy yellow color it is often mistaken for gold, hence the name 'Fools Gold'. Pyrite is similar to marcasite, but more stable and less brittle. It’s quite different from gold too as it is much lighter and stronger, and because of this it is more resistant to scratches and marking, so it produces long lasting marcasite jewelry which make wonderful keepsakes. Actual Marcasite is a naturally occurring mineral very similar to Pyrite in color and properties but the difference is that Marcasite is more difficult to mold. It is softer and often crumbles into dust so it’s unstable crystal structure, make it unsuitable for use in jewellery. Marcasite is mostly set in sterling silver jewelry due to the wonderful contrast between the gemstone and the silver metal.

This gorgeous vintage Art Deco design necklace and matching bracelet parure, circa 1980, will be a show-stopper in your jewelry collection. The necklace and bracelet are composed of double conjoined sterling silver links set with a multitude of sparkling marcasite sets. The links are further enhanced by milgrain beading and cross-hatch engraving. The necklace measures 18" in length and the bracelet 7 1/2" in length with both 5/8" in width. Both pieces have a fold-over clasp which is stamped "925" as well as the link nearest the clasp being stamped "925". Excellent vintage condition with only several marcasite sets missing, next to impossible to find, and if desired, replacement sets can be done by your jeweler. The parure weighs 4.485 ounces or 127.2 grams.

Black, Gray, Silver
Art Deco, Late 20th Century
Sterling Silver

Brys Antiques

Vintage Sterling Silver & Marcasite Gems Necklace & Bracelet Parure

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