Exquisite, Marcasite cats brooch with garnet eyes
An incredibly well designed, superbly crafted, and highly collectible marcasite brooch. It has been encrusted with numerous tiny hand-faceted pyrite (see "Trivia" below) that shimmer in the light. Tiny garnet eyes breathe life into these whimsical, sexy conjoined cats. Imagine this pinned onto a linen or cotton saree, a quilted jacket, or even on an LBD! Classically vintage and so effortlessly elegant.
Composition: Sterling silver
Measurements: 7 cms long and 2.3 cms at the widest.
Weight: 10.04 gms
Country of origin: Likely Thailand
Trivia: Marcasite jewelry is made from pyrite (Fool's Gold), not, as the name suggests, from marcasite. Pyrite is similar to marcasite, but more stable and less brittle. The jewelry is made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver.
Marcasite jewelry has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks and was particularly popular in the 18th century, the Victorian era, and with Art Nouveau jewelry designers. When Prince Albert died in 1861 Queen Victoria entered a period of mourning, requiring her entire court to wear black and avoid opulent jewelry. Marcasite became popular as an understated alternative for the nobility.
Please note: (1) All the jewelry in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation, etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewelry.
(2) All the jewelry has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewelry is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewelry is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.