Marcasite jewelery usually refers to silver jewelery inlaid with small stones made of Pyrite. The most common precious metal used with Marcasite is sterling silver. Due to the contrast between the two metallic gray shades, the combination is very striking and it gives a special vintage look to silver jewelery. Nowadays Marcasite earrings, rings, pendants, and brooches are present on the market at very affordable prices and they have their own antique charm liked by people of all ages.
Properly maintained Marcasite silver jewelery actually improves with age and it develops a lush patina layer when treated well. Given the fact jewelry with Marcasite is usually made of Sterling silver, most of the tips on caring for silver jewelery apply here as well. Here are some top tips about Marcasite jewelery care:
1. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
2. Keep your silver Marcasite in a fabric-lined jewelery case, or even better in a box with compartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in special plastic pockets or soft tissue paper.
3. Do not put together your jewelery pieces in a drawer or jewelery case. Pieces are prone to scratching.
4. Never leave Marcasite silver jewelery lying against bare wood. Wood, especially oak, contains an acid that will mar the surface of the silver. Paper and cardboard, since they are wood pulp products, have the same effect, so avoid paper envelopes or small cardboard boxes also.
5. The only way to clean and sanitise Marcasite jewelery is to clean it with mild soap and water solution, after which the jewelery should be gently wiped dry with a soft non-tarnishing cloth.
6. Do not soak Marcasite jewelery in water.
7. Avoid steamers and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners as these may damage the Marcasite stones.
As with Sterling silver jewelry in general, taking good care will make Marcasite jewelery more beautiful and more vintage with time.