Marcasite has been used in jewelry as early as the 1700’s as a substitute for diamonds. Marcasite waned in popularity in the late 1800’s, but a resurgence of marcasite happened in the 1920’s. In the 1920’s and 30’s, women could add glitz and glitter to their life through the shimmering of marcasite, at a lower cost than buying diamonds. Today marcasite jewelry has become highly collectible, and much more difficult to find, and is quickly escalating in price due to popularity and scarcity. The stone known as marcasite is actually pyrite. There is a mineral named marcasite but it is not suitable for jewelry. The sulfite, pyrite is cut into small faceted pieces, and marcasite is created. The light reflecting off the facets, create a sparkle. Marcasite is always placed in silver jewelry. You can find it in bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. Marcasite is quickly escalating in price and demand.
I have been buying and selling vintage and antique jewelry for about 7 years. Mostly on ebay. I like unique and one of a kind pieces of jewelry and prefer old over new. Vintage jewelry is a little like me, not so easy to fit in a box.
I have a masters degree in social work and practiced for 15 years in an outpatient community mental health center. . I have innovated a couple of products. Own rental property and managed it for years. I have bought and sold a variety of products in my life time, and currently my focus is on vintage Jewelery. I suppose it's easier then sitting home knitting a sweater.