Marcasite is known as a small accompanying gemstone to accent other precious stones. This golden mineral is a miniature marvel, which deserves a place in the gemstone Olympics.
Marcasite is often mistakenly called Pyrite. The minerals are visually similar; however, true Marcasite is too brittle for use in jewelry. The name ‘Marcasite’ refers to an ancient province in North-Eastern Persia (modern-day Iran), ‘Marqashith’. The name ‘Pyrite’ derives from Greek and means ‘fire’, referring to the fact that the stone produces sparks when struck.
Chemical composition of Marcasite
Marcasite (Pyrite) is an iron sulfide with a gold metallic color. The opaque gemstone is responsible for the characteristic inclusions in Lapis Lazuli, rendering each example unique.
Marcasite is extracted in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Romania, Switzerland, Spain and the United States. Juwelo obtains this gem exclusively from Austria.
The history of Marcasite
Marcasite displays gold metallic hues, which has historically led to it being mistaken for gold, giving it the name ‘fool’s gold’; this is an error no longer made by experts today. Marcasite jewels gained popularity in Victorian England, where they were cut and polished in circular or square outlines and pave set so they sparkled like little Diamonds.
Properties of Marcasite
Marcasite is an opaque gemstone with golden metallic colors, an aspect that has rendered it very popular.
Care for Marcasite
Marcasite may be subjected to steam or ultrasound cleaning.