Edwardian Silver Marcasite Earrings
Marcasite jewellery was popularised by Queen Victoria who enjoyed wearing it as a cheaper alternative to diamonds. Marcasite pieces continue to be highly regarded in the jewellery world as marcasites were and still are notoriously difficult to work with.
These earrings are showing off the craftmanship of the Edwardian era - when jewellery was marked by open, filigree design and gentle millegrain detail. Each of these hand facetted marcasite stones were hand set into the earrings.
HOW TO WEAR:
The marcasites can be brittle so should never be exposed to chemicals or silver dips as it is too harsh for the delicate stones.
Excellent condition. All stones present. The earrings have been set onto to new stainless steel french wires. The silver has a lovely patina in line with their age and require only an occasional gentle polishing with a polish cloth to suit your taste.
Edwardian circa 1905-1910
The drops measure 33mm long and 18mm at their widest point.
Back of the drops are stamped "ENGLAND" and "SILVER"
Sterling Silver, marcasite, stainless steel