It is a golden-colored mineral that looks similar to gold, hence its common name "fools gold". In fact it is often found in veins with trace gold deposits mixed along with quartz.. Sometimes one can retrieve gold from these deposits, but the thicker, and cruder golde lines are more often iron pyrite, then the more precious and valuable metal.
What is Marcasite Stone/Rock Jewelry?
Marcasite(pronounced: MARK-ah-seet) is most commonly used colloquially to refer to jewelry made from fool's gold, or iron pyrite.
So What is Marcasite Jewelry?
How did it come about that we call the jewelry 'Marcasite'?
It is important to get marcasite jewelry
where the pyrite is actual set into the silver.
Cheaper costume jewelry is made by
gluing pieces of pyrite,
rather than setting it into the silver
causing the and the pieces often fall off.
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Pyrite (fool's gold)
When used as a gemstone is termed "marcasite"
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Marcasite Stone vs Iron Pyrite
As you can see there is a big difference in formation of the crystals of the marcasite and pyrite stones. Marcasite crystals have a flaky look, while pyrithe format
te has a more solid cube like look.
Pyrite on the other hand has crystals that are more cube-like and have a metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue, sometimes with a greenish tint or a multi-colo
As early as the Stone Age marcasite as well as pyrite have been used to ignite fire. However, marcasite is more suitable than pyrite due to its massive structure to do so.red tarnish as a result of oxidation.