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Silver Marcasite Jewelry - Vintage to Modern - Mostly Sterling Silver

Updated on June 1, 2015
Sterling Silver Marcasite Jewelry
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Silver Marcasite Jewelry Makes A Great Gift

Marcasite jewelry is made by setting small pieces of pyrite gemstones into sterling silver settings. The jewelry is designed to have a dull, faded charm so that even when the silver tarnishes, the sparkling pyrite gives the jewelry a soft glowing look.

I have always loved this type of jewelry; I like how it manages to look both sophisticated and elegant even though most of the pieces are substantial. I hope you enjoy the selection here.

Brief History

Marcasite jewelry has been around for ages; there is evidence of it in some ancient Greeks areas as well as burial sites of the Inca in Peru. In the old world it has gone in and out of fashion, reaching the pinnacle of its popularity in the Victorian and Art Deco eras.

It wasn't until the Victorian times that marcasite jewelry widely popular. Without a doubt, the heyday for marcasite jewelry was during World War I and the 20's. It was brought into greater prominence first in the Victorian Era when the new middle class wanted affordable luxuries.

Later during the 20's the Art Nouveau, and Art Deco jewelry designers embraced the look using the stones to enhancing their sterling silver works with its brilliance. In more recent times sterling silver marcasite jewelry has gained popularity for both its traditional and elegant look.

Silver Marcasite Jewelry Under $50

When you need to get a gift that looks good but does not cost an arm and a leg, there is some magnificent marcasite jewelry for less than $50

A lot of these pieces are less than $30 too, so do check them out.

Best Selling Marcasite Pendant

This is a really pretty pendant, with a silver tree of life over a blue green water painted background in a teardrop shape surrounded with a single row or marcacite stones.

While a lot of buyers have liked this and it looks nice, there are quite a few reviewers who complain that the quality is not that great and the chain is flimsy.

Silver Marcasite Pendants

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Red glass garnet and sterling silver pendantSterling Silver, Marcasite, and Blue Epoxy Tree of Life Pendant Necklace
Red glass garnet and sterling silver pendant
Red glass garnet and sterling silver pendant
Sterling Silver, Marcasite, and Blue Epoxy Tree of Life Pendant Necklace
Sterling Silver, Marcasite, and Blue Epoxy Tree of Life Pendant Necklace

Sterling Silver Oxidized Marcasite and Gemstone Colored Glass Filigree Heart Pendant Necklace, 18"

Garnet red glass, textured sterling silver, and alluring dark marcasite combine for a romantic effect in gorgeous pendant and necklace.

The red glass heart has a beautiful glow encased in polished silver with a filigree backing. The red glass stone is 1.38 inches from top to bottom, so its pretty big without being overwhelming. The casing detail has these sterling silver swirls, the thicker ones with encrusted marcasite, the see-through glass allows the detailing to show through from the back. Altogether it creates an edgy yet elegant look.

It makes an excellent accessory for either day or night. Expect compliments on these dramatic dangles.

Sterling Silver Filigree with Marcasite and Black Onyx Gemstones Ring

This elegant vintage looking Chuvora silver marcasite ring is made of nickel-free sterling silver.

An excellent quality ring that sparkles and shines with a design that is reminiscent of old lace, with a good sturdy band and a nicely balanced and weighted feel to the whole thing.

The ring is an excellent value for the price; you will love the look, quality and price.

Barse "Kismet" Turquoise and Marcasite Earrings

A special one from Melanie Barse

Made by Melanie Barse, these turquoise marcasite earrings adapt to the turquoise stone chosen, so each one is a little bit unique - slightly different shape and size.

To add to the sparkle, it incorporates some black Swarovski Elements.

I like these earrings and the slight free organic form to them.

New Vintage Style Marcasite with Turquoise Ladies Silver tone Bracelet Watch

This Marcasite and Turquoise Silver Bracelet Watch is a fantastic example of an exquisite and feminine looking watch that will get you lots of compliments.

The quality marcasite, black onyx and mother of pearl, are set into the highest quality sterling silver setting. A beautiful example of Leah Hanna, quality at a reasonable price.

If you're looking for that special gift for a special someone, or perhaps just for some self-indulgence, this is a good choice.

Sterling Silver Marcasite and Onyx Bead Wire Earrings

These marcasite earnings have a glamorous vintage look,

The silver filigree on this piece is excellent.

Sterling Silver Marcasite Cut Out Cat Brooch Pin w/ Marquise Cut Garnet Stones, 1 13/16 in. (46mm) tall

Just like this brooch, simple, clean lines but still has loads of attitude. Would make a great gift for a cat lover.

Hey, I think anyone that wants to make a statement would love this piece. Love the red garnet eyes.

Marcasite Jewelry makes a Great Mother's Day Gift

Or any other time!

Mothers are the most incredible people in our world, yet so often we take all they do for granted. Through thick and thin, they are by their children's side, doing things that would be considered boring except for their love for us. Feeding, cleaning, chauffeuring, encouraging, teaching and more.

So come Mother's Day we can acknowledge and celebrate their love for us. Doing beautiful things for them, buying them gifts are some of the ways we can show our appreciation.

Below are some of the best deals.

Sterling Silver Oxidized Marcasite and Pink Shell Flower Textured Oval Pendant Necklace

The exquisite Sterling Silver Oxidized Marcasite and Pink Shell Flower Textured Oval Pendant Necklace will add the crowning touch to your black-tie event dress and special dinner occasion.

A little over 2 inches in length and 1 inch in width, this refined pendant features an open-work leaf design with an oxidized pattern and sparkling marcasite. A smooth, slightly domed pink shell stone backgrounds the sterling silver leaves, creating a graphic look that stands out. The oxidized pattern continues along the bezel and marcasite accents the bail. This pendant hangs on an 18-inch Singapore chain with a spring-ring clasp.

A sparkling choice for formal wear, this pendant will also dress up semi-formal outfits and smart casual wear.

Sterling Silver 5.12ct Amethyst & Marcasite Flying Butterfly Brooch

You will love this beautifully made delicate and dainty brooch. It is well made and will sparkle in the night without looking gaudy.

The body and wings are filled with purple amethyst stones while the primary structure is silver with pieces of marcasite.

Sterling Silver Marcasite Rings with Ruby CZ

This ring is stunning. Made using a red cubic zircon stone set in a silver marcasite setting.

The stone is a splendid size (a little on the bigger side) and a gorgeous shade of red. This ring is sure to gather compliments all the time.

At this price, the ring is a steal!

Judith Jack "Tropical Breeze" Sterling Silver Marcasite Turquoise Convertible Pendant Necklace, 36"

This piece looks lovely, an excellent example of both Judith Jack's style and marcasite jewelry, in general, the pendant is shaped like a tilted, rounded square. Very elegant.


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      Deandra 2 years ago

      What a joy to find such clear thikinng. Thanks for posting!

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Such a beautiful hub! The jewellery pieces look exquisite and full of old-world charm, like antique heirlooms. I especially liked the "Tree of Life" pendant. Great job!