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MARCASITE
MARCASITE

Marcasite are small, greyish, stones that have a long history in jewellery making - going back to the Incas in South America. They usually have a faceted top and are flat on the back - although I have had them with pointed backs. To call them marcasite is actually incorrect. They are - iron sulfide with cubic crystal structure - usually referred to as iron pyrite. Marcasite - which is related - is too soft to use. It was very popular in Victoria times and was cheaper than diamonds. For a full description of the history of marcasite look on the Gemondo website - gemondo.com/t-marcasite_history.aspx it is very informative.


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