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28 Jul 2020
Marcasite jewellery usually refers to silver jewellery inlaid with small rocks made of Pyrite. The most common silver used in combination with Marcasite is silver. Due to the contrast between the two metal dull shades, the combination is very striking and it provides a special vintage look to silver jewellery. Nowadays Marcasite jewelry, rings, chains, and brooches exist on the market at very inexpensive prices and they have their own antique charm liked by people of all ages.

Properly maintained Marcasite silver jewellery actually improves with age and it develops a luxurious patina layer when treated well. Given the fact jewellery with Marcasite is usually made of Silver, most of the tips on caring for silver jewellery apply here as well. Here are some top tips on Marcasite jewellery care:

Store your jewellery in a clean, dry place.

Keep your silver Marcasite in a fabric-lined jewellery case, or even better in a box with chambers and dividers. If you would like to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in special plastic pockets or soft tissue paper.

Don't put together your jewellery pieces in a drawer or jewellery case. Pieces are inclined to scratch.

Never leave Marcasite silver jewellery lying against bare wood. Wood, especially cherry, contains an acid that will marly the surface of the silver. Paper and cardboard marcasite earrings studs since they are wood pulp products, have the same effect, so avoid paper envelopes or small cardboard boxes also.

The only way to clean and sanitise Marcasite jewellery is to clean it with mild soap and water solution, after which the jewellery should be gently wiped dry with a soft non-tarnishing cloth.

Don't soak Marcasite jewellery in water.

Avoid steamers and ultrasonic jewellery cleaners as these may damage the Marcasite rocks.
As with Silver jewellery in general, taking good care will make Marcasite jewellery more beautiful and more vintage with time.

Maria Kose is a silver jewellery lover, and founder of Beauty & Gems, an online jewellery boutique. Beauty & Gems offers beautiful and unique Silver jewellery such as marcasite.



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