Marcasite, in the jewellery sense of the word, is actually iron pyrite as marcasite itself is too brittle alone for the durability required of a piece. Marcasite is sometimes called ‘fool’s gold’ given its heavily metallic appearance. Marcasite of this kind also offers a kind of iridescence, explaining its use as a more affordable diamond replacement that will still catch the light beautifully. Much marcasite jewellery is Victorian-inspired as this was an era where marcasite was much adored.
Countries of Origin: Austria, USA, Spain, England, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Peru, Bolivia