Exquisite, regal marcasite and blue topaz dangle earrings
Classically vintage and so effortlessly elegant! These exquisite marcasite earrings, handcrafted in Thailand, have been encrusted with numerous tiny hand facetted marcasite/pyrite (see "Trivia" below) that shimmer in light as the earrings move. The earrings dangle beautifully at the earlobe creating constant motion and sparkle- which is only magnified by the brilliance of the big facetted oval Blue topaz in the center. These would make a great addition to any vintage jewellery lover's collection- nothing quite says vintage like good ol' marcasites!
Composition: Sterling silver with marcasite and blue topaz.
Stamped: NF (maker's mark), 925
Measurements: 4.1 cms long (push-post closure) and 1.4 cms at the widest.
Weight: 7.80 gms
Age: 1970s- 1980s
Country of origin: Thailand.
Trivia: Marcasite jewellery 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 jewellery is made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver. Marcasite jewellery 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.
Topaz is the birthstone for the month of December, and the stone given in celebration of the 4th and 19th anniversaries of marriage. Topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to be an aid to ones sweetness and disposition. :)
Please note: All the jewellery 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 jewellery.
All the jewellery 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 jewellery 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. It is also worth reminding that since the jewellery 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.