Marcasite jewellery

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Marcasite brooch made from pyrite and silver

Marcasite jewelry is jewelry made from pyrite (fool's gold), not, as the name suggests, from marcasite.[1] Pyrite is similar to marcasite, but more stable and less brittle. Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks.[2] It was particularly popular in the eighteenth century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau jewellery designers.[2][3] It is frequently made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver.[3] Cheaper costume jewelry is made by glueing pieces of pyrite rather than setting.[2] A similar-looking type of jewellery can be made from small pieces of cut steel.[1][2]