NATURAL EARTH MINE GENUINE MARCASITE
The Marcasite stone used in most jewellery making is actually iron pyrite. Historically, the word “marcasite” has been used for both iron pyrite and the polymorph “marcasite”. Only in the modern era was it determined that both marcasite and iron pyrite share the same chemical composition, but have distinctly different physical properties. Iron pyrite is considerably harder and more fracture resistant than marcasite, enabling its use in jewellery. Although marcasite can be fashioned into jewellery, it is difficult to work with and is easily broken both during fashioning and when as finished jewellery. Therefore, very little marcasite jewelleryis produced today. However, today, jewellery fashioned from iron pyrite is most often still called “marcasite—a hold over from earlier times—rather than “pyrite”.
COLOR: Tin-white on fresh surface, pale bronze-yellow, darkening on exposure
ORIGIN: Mexico, Peru, France, China, Russia, the United States and England
CUT: Round, Square
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 4.875 – 4.887
REFRACTIVE INDEX: Over 1.81
HARDNESS: 6 – 6.5
FORMATION: Marcasite occurs in sedimentary environments formed characteristically under low temperature, highly acidic conditions.
BIRTHSTONE: Marcasite is not a primary stone for any sign of the zodiac, however it is often associated with the sign of Leo because it reflects the golden hues of the sun, it’s ruler.
UNUSUAL PROPERTIES: Marcasite is a polymorph of pyrite which means that it has the same chemistry as pyrite but a different structure and, therefore, different symmetry and crystal shapes. Natural Marcasite is used for Yang energy, concentration, memory, hysteria, cleansing the blood, warts, moles, freckles, spleen. Because of its resemblance to gold, marcasite (pyrite) has earned it nicknames “Fool’s Gold” or “Healer’s Gold”
USAGE: Rings, Bracelet, Earrings and any other jewellery.
WHAT WE SUPPLY: Best quality Natural Marcasite in above mentioned Cut in different sizes.
We offer Marcasites from 2 origins