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Marcasite Bracelet 001

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This is a beautiful bracelet that has shimmery black Marcasite gemstones set in sterling settings with 14K white Gold overlay.  The settings were created using a computer program called auto CAD and then I paid a company to create the settings I created.   Once the settings were delivered to me I set the stones inside the setting and connected each piece of the setting to create the bracelet.  The stones measure roughly 2mm in diameter and the bracelet measure 7 inches in length.  

Marcasite is the lesser known companion of the famous mineral Pyrite. Marcasite has the same chemical formula as Pyrite, but crystallizes in a different crystal system, thereby making it a scientifically distinct mineral species. Aggregates of iron sulfide (FeS2) where the crystal structure cannot be determined without complex analysis may be wrongly labeled by dealers. Some Marcasite specimens are labeled as Pyrite, and some Pyrite specimens as Marcasite.

Cleaning

Marcasite jewelry has been popular for hundreds of years. Marcasite is both attractive and inexpensive, and is typically set in silver to create antique-looking pieces. True marcasite (iron sulfide) is not used in jewelry as it tends to decompose into a powder. Instead, the marcasite used in jewelry is actually iron pyrite. Marcasite is usually set with jeweler’s cement, rather than prongs, and special care is needed when cleaning marcasite jewelry pieces to avoid loosening the cement.

Rub the marcasite jewelry, gently, with a barely damp rag. Dry the marcasite jewelry with a lint-free rag, such as an old T-shirt.

Clean heavier oxidation and grime by applying a small amount of a gentle soap to a lightly moistened toothbrush. Gently scrub the marcasite jewelry with the toothbrush until it is clean, rinse it quickly with cold water, and dry it immediately with a lint-free rag.

Polish oxidized sterling silver marcasite settings by rubbing the silver gently with a jewelry cleaning cloth. Finish by rubbing the polishing side of the cleaning cloth over the marcasite jewelry piece.

Store your clean marcasite jewelry in a jeweler’s bag or a plastic zip-top bag to prevent further oxidation. Avoid getting your marcasite jewelry wet, as this can loosen the stones. Remove your marcasite jewelry when swimming or bathing. Never use chemical cleaners, ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners or tumblers with your marcasite jewelry.

Marcasite in Folklore, Healing and Metaphysics

According to metaphysicists, marcasite (pyrite) can ground, protect, energize and enhance the mental qualities of the wearer. It is said to promote intelligence and creativity, block negative energy and generally help one think more clearly and creatively. Some believe thatit can also bestow good fortune and wealth upon the bearer!

Crystal healers believe that marcasite strengthens the lungs and increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, helping the wearer overcome fatigue. It is also thought to reduce inflammation, have a positive effect upon the circulatory and digestive systems and even assist the immune system in warding off contagious diseases.

Astrology and Numerology

Marcasite is not a primary stone for any sign of the zodiac, however it is often associated with the sign of Leo because it reflects the golden hues of the sun, it's ruler. Marcasite vibrates to the same wavelength as the planet Mars and is related to the Root (first) Chakra and the number 3 

Marcasite is kind of an "all occasion" mineral - it has no special significance as a birthstone or anniversary stone.

History and Spiritual Meaning

The gold-like glow of marcasite has fascinated people for centures. It was long thought to have magical properties, and archeologists have found evidence of it in Indian medicine bundles and burial mounds and in Greek and Roman excavation sites.

Because of its reflective surface, larger crystals of marcasite were believed to have been used as mirrors in some ancient civilizations - in particular, as scrying mirrors by the ancient Mexicans.

The Chinese thought it could scare away crocodiles!

Because of its resemblance to gold, marcasite (pyrite) has earned it nicknames "Fool's Gold" or "Healer's Gold"

 

 


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