The term 'marcasite' or 'marquisette' generally refers to jewelry set with semi-precious stones, but also to jewelry made from silver with tiny pieces of its chemical twin, pyrite. Marcasite creates a uniquely intricate design that is instantly recognizable, and it's, for this reason, it's such a sought-after vintage gemstone.
Fiery foiled sapphire pastes star in these outrageous drop earrings. The 1920's enjoyed many historical revivals, not the least of which is an empirical Georgian recollection. Jewels of the 1810's were mimicked in both silhouette and construction; these earrings are a prime example of that moment.
Materials and Features: foiled sapphire paste
Age/Origin: English, c. 1920
Measurements: 10.6 grams, 2.3"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.