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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marcasite Jewelry

~~ Reblogged from The Etsy Vintage Team ~~
I am the original author


Made from Pyrite, also known as Fool's Gold, Marcasite jewelry is one of the prettiest class of jewelry available on the vintage market.  Known since ancient times, Marcasite jewelry is often set to a sterling base and in Art Nouveau designs.  Marcasite jewelry is made from many, many small stones of Pyrite, a form of iron disulphide, cut into facets that make the jewelry sparkle and shimmer.

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Made popular by Queen Victoria when she wore it, along w/her mourning clothing, after the death of her husband, Marcasite jewelry often has a Victorian flaire.  Designs range from lockets and flowing brooches, to figurals and animals.


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Generally speaking, more modern pieces have glued in stones, while older pieces are hand set w/in the base of the jewelry.  When shopping for Marcasite jewelry, it's best to choose marked pieces to ensure quality and grade of base silver.

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Pyrite, metaphysically speaking, is associated with the Zodiac sign, Leo, and has calming, healing, balancing properties.  True Marcasite, on the other hand, is another form of iron disulphide, but it's structure is more brittle and less stable for jewelry making.  Marcasite and Pyrite, as metallic stones, are also thought to bring one financial fortune.

On the left: Marcasite; on the right: Pyrite
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kenneth J. Lane for Avon ~ Undersea: Ways to Wear

Kenneth J. Lane is known for quality, creativity, and collectibility - and this demi parure, out of the end of last century, is no exception - done for Avon as part of their 1989 line, and known as Undersea, this fantastic pendant/necklace combination is executed w/2 stunning, marbled coral, beaded strands - accented w/a golden shell that is decorated w/crystal rhinestone chatons, this set is absolutely spectacular!

Several sellers online have the original paperwork for this set and it shows that this jewelry can be worn 6 different ways.

Pictured is the torsade, the torsade w/shell focal, the simple necklace, the lariat, and the dangling pendant.

Not pictured is the use of the shell focal as a scarf slide.

 
To purchase this set, please visit my Etsy Shop