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Marcasite Jewelry



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Marcasite Jewelry

The MARCASITES
used in costume jewelry are pyrites, similar to Fool’s Gold, and while
they have been used in jewelry for centuries, they had a great spike in
popularity during the Victorian to the Art Nouveau eras. They have been
used both before and since, and are often but not always set in sterling
or silver
tone rather than gold tone. Some people have trouble telling cut steel from
marcasites, but it is really easy. Cut steel brads are faceted steel
brads set into a metal backing. Once you see how that looks from the
back, you will be able to distinguish the difference readily. Marcasites
can be either prong set or glued in to a setting, and the older pieces
tend to be pronged.

Marcasite jewelry is still being made today by everyone from Judith Jack
to Asian makers and some of it is really lovely. But if you want only a
vintage piece, be sure to do your homework by looking and reading, and
buy from a reputable dealer





FRENCH sterling silver,
marcasite and mother-of-pearl pearl pendant earrings that hang beautifully.
The mark is what I think is a boar’s head hallmark
(all but impossible to see so I may be wrong on this). These are hinged lever-back ear
wires for pierced ears, total length
2" and wreath width 1".
View #V33160
ENGLISH marcasite
pheasant brooch marked "silver" on the back, loop and safety chain, circa
1950, a nice large 3-1/2". View #Q33000
STERLING frosted glass
starburst and marcasite pendant, 2-1/2" pendant marked "sterling" on the
back on a 16" chain.
View
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#Q29833




CORAL carved with flowers and
marcasite links bracelet set in silver, 7-1/2" by 1/2". View #Q32986

EDWARDIAN brooch
with pink and green pastes and marcasites, 1-1/4".
View #Q32999

DECO
sterling, carnelian and marcasite 15" by 1-1/2" drop necklace and 7-1/4" by
1/2" bracelet. View
View #Q26183





ILJA DE BRUIN
, Netherlands, Art Deco style black onyx pendant with
marcasites and a carnelian, chain marked "sterling" on the clasp, all
circa 1990s. The hallmark has the Neatherland key and "835" and the
maker’s mark reads, "JdB" and is used by Ilja de Bruin, master designer
from Amsterdam since 1993. de Bruin is the sister of JA Cohen, another
jewelry who made this style in the 1990’s.The pendant portion is 2" by
3/4" wide and the chain is 20".

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#Q38766


JAC
J.A. Cohen, Netherlands, Art Deco style marcasite and 835
silver bracelet, brooch and earrings with embossed and partially frosted and
embossed glass inserts, marcasites and onyx bar links, circa 1980. The
bracelet is 7-1/3" by 1-5/8", brooch 4" by 1-5/8", and pendant clip back
earrings 2-1/3". Other pieces by this maker can be seen in the Christie’s
Elizabeth Taylor Auction in December 2011,

HERE
. Mr. Cohen was based in Amsterdam, but has since passed away. He
was born in 1941 and died in 1993. According to Ginger Moro’s wonderful
book, "European Designer Jewelry" on page 233, Cohen found vintage molded
glass elements in Paris and combined them with modern silver, onyx,
marcasites, and chrysoprase to fashion his Deco inspired jewelry. According
to Cohen, he was also inspired by the Amsterdam School designs from earlier
in the 20th Century. This is one of the best sets I have had in the over
twenty years we have been in business!

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#X38723

RING Deco marcasite and
chrysoprase ring, circa 1920, size 5. See a similar ring in Moro’s
"European Jewelry" page 119. View
View #G22080




MARCASITE brooches.

1939 Benjamin Allen Catalogue page 132.
"Radiantly beautiful marcasite monogram brooches made of non-tarnishing sterling
silver hand set with French marcasites. Some with onyx, others with hard fired
enamel, made to order. All have safety catches".

MARCASITE
and sterling brooch marked "sterling" on the back, 2-5/8" by 1".

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#Y38343




FRENCH
Art Deco marcasite and green faceted flat and half beads
brooch with the initials "BLP", jointed, marked "Made in France", 3-1/8" by
1-1/4".

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#Q38791


ART DECO
style sterling, carnelian and marcasites brooch with a
maker’s mark and the word "sterling" on the back, 2" by 1". The
marcasites are set in prongs and the maker’s mark, which I cannot
decipher. The mark looks like it includes the numbers "7" and "3", one
on top of the other.

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#Q38788


ART DECO
style sterling black onyx, green and marcasite brooch with a
maker’s mark and the word "sterling" on the back, 3" by 1-1/3". The marcasites
are set in prongs and the maker’s mark includes the numbers "7" and "3", but I
cannot read the rest.

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#Q38778




FRENCH
DECO
European silver and green glass, onyx and marcasite brooch with a
trombone catch, marked "Made in France, 2-1/3".
View #Q35696


FRENCH
Art Deco sterling silver, marcasite, chrysoprase and onyx hinged
brooch, French boar hallmarked, 3-5/8" by 1-1/8".

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#Q38792

MARCASITE and green chrysoprase
dangly earrings for pierced ears,
View #Q35851




DECO Germany
green glass 1-1/2″ pendant with marcasite basket motif, 17" chain.
View #Q26163

FILIGREE hinged
bangle bracelet with emerald-green ribbed glass center stone and
marcasites, circa 1920.
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#Q16259

PENDANT black
basket motif pendant with marcasites and filigree frame, marcasite and
enamel accents, 2-3/4". #Y27380


MARCASITE
and artificial pearl dangle screw back earrings circa 1930,
total length 1-3/4". View
View #V35585


MARCASITE
and pearl pierced earrings set in sterling silver, 1/2".
View #V36816

BRACELET
silver tone filigree bracelet set with lovely convex oval sea shell insets,
light weight and easy to wear, 7-1/3" by 1-1/4".
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#Q37212





JJ JUDITH JACK marcasite bar brooch with a
lovely unfoiled aqua rhinestone, marked "J//J" for on the back for
Judith Jack. 2-5/8".
View #N66589

MARCASITE
and carved carnelian necklace with flowers on each link, 15" long with a center
element that is 1-1/2" by 1". The detail on this is spectacular, with a
spider-web style motif on two links. Overall, this is well
designed and creates a somewhat Gothic look that’s really interesting as
well as delicate.
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#Q40076



MARCASITE
long pendant earrings with a long oval sage green center stone
and hooks for pierced ears, 2-1/8" total length.

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#Q40240




GERMAN silver and marcasite leaves and coral berries necklace set
in 800/1000 silver and with maker’s mark that I cannot decipher,
looking something like the initials "JE" in a triangular cartouche. The size
is 20" with a 3-1/2" by 1" front element. In the US, sterling is 925/1000
but in some other European countries including Germany, 800/1000 is more
commonly used A lovely necklace in excellent condition.

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#Q38624


GERMANY
sterling marcasite and half pearls bracelet with seven
links, marked 935, the German standard for sterling, each 1" by 1/2" and
the total wearable length 7". The bracelet has it’s safety chain. The
marcasites are bead set and the back of this is almost as lovely as the
front, really well and cleanly made.

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#X38230

MARCASITE Deco sterling pendant with a round drop and urn design sides, 15"
with a 7/8" round drop, circa 1930. It is marked "sterling" on the back rim of
the pendant. This is just lovely with the detail that makes it very special.

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#Q39481





PASTE
pendant with bow, leaves and flowers motif. It is made with
marcasites and clear rhinestones set in silver tone and the wearable length
21" with a 1-5/8" by 1" pendant. The bottom teardrop-shaped element is
separate so it swings as you move. Even the reverse side is beautifully made
on this necklace.

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#Q37702

MARCASITE silver and green
faceted pastes dangle earrings for pierced ears, 2-1/4". This design reminds
me of the Georgian bow-top earrings which were similar in style.
View #Q36074


EARRINGS
round marcasite earrings with loose clip backs, 1 stone
missing, each marked "sil" on the back, 5/8".
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View #V37296





MARCASITE
and sterling bracelet with purple oval rhinestones center, 7"
wearable length, 7/16" band and 1" front oval, marked on the back "ND
925".

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#Y36488


GERMAN
marcasite and sterling rose motif dangle earrings with a joint between the top and
bottom to make them move even more freely, marked "Germany sterling" on each
back and with the original screw-back findings, 2-3/4".

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#Y37962


STERLING and marcasite
entwined links bracelet, 7" by 1-1/2". Marked on the back of the fold over
catch "925 FAS", it is in excellent vintage condition.
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#N39672



BASKET pin with pink, aqua,
blue and purple pastes and marcasites, 800 silver circa 1900, 1-1/2".
Sometimes called "giardinetti", or little
gardens.
View #Q33105

SILVER and marcasite swallow bird
brooch with red rhinestone eyes, marked "silver", 3-1/8".
View #N32925

MARCASITE screw backed earrings
marked silver, and one marked with the letter "L", 1-1/3".
View #Q33258




MARCASITE roses brooch with
green enamel and red rhinestones set in pot metal.
View #N21938
FLOWER silver
tone and marcasite 2-5/8" brooch with molded glass flowers.
View #Y23932
CLIP with brilliant red, blue and
green cabochons and marcasites.
View #X23404




CZECH marked "Made in
Czechoslovakia" purple rhinestones
and marcasites 2" pendant on a 20" chain, 7-1/2" by 7/8" bracelet, 2-1/3"
bar pin and 1" earrings.
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View #Q25034


PARURE gold tone, gold
colored marcasites and amethysts 1-1/4" pendant on 17" necklace, 7" by 3/4" bracelet
and 2-1/4" screw back earrings. This is probably a European set circa
1930. See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry" 2nd Edition page 214 for
similar set.
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View #Y24424


PARURE of gilt sterling
filigree, amethysts and gold colored marcasites, all set in gold tone
sterling. The designs are alternating filigree links and leaves, really
lovely. Included is a 1-1/4" pendant on 17"
necklace; 7" by 3/4" bracelet; and 2-1/4" screw back earrings.
The marcasites here are actually pyrite (also called Fool’s Gold).
Each piece is marked "sterling" and this is probably a European set circa 1930.
The entire set is in excellent condition. See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry" 2nd Edition page 214 for
similar set.
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View #Y24424




MARCASITE
and clear rhinestones set in pot metal pin, 3-1/4".
View #Y21266

FILIGREE silver tone links necklace with
a clear unfoiled rhinestone and a
marcasite, 13-1/4" and circa 1930s. View
View #Q26162


SILVER
brooch, 2-1/8" with carved rock crystal center and marcasite
accents, trombone catch.
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View #Q18620






WATCH pastel blue
enameled 2" pendant watch embellished with artificial pearls and marcasites
on a 20" sterling and marcasite chain.
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View #w26173


EVKOB
Deco marcasite pendant watch, 1 5/8".
View #w11134

BUCHERER silver
7/8" pendant watch with marcasites, original round box, 26" chain.
Similar as one seen in Rezazadeh "Collectible Silver Jewelry" page 158.
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View #w26854




GERMANY
sterling, blue enameled and marcasite 2-1/8" locket on 17" enameled link
chain.
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CINER
Deco black enamel and marcasite lapel watch, which would be worn upside-down
from how it is shown in the picture. It is hinged, so that the wearer could
tip it up to read the time.
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#w16430

MARCASITE green and marcasites pin and clip back
earrings in silver settings, pin 1-1/2" by 1" and clip back earrings 1-1/8" by 3/4".
The patent number on the
earring clip is "156452", so the clip backs were used starting in 1949. This
set is in excellent condition.
View #N39679





CLIPS
and brooch combination similar to the Coro Duettes, circa 1930s
and probably from England, 2" by 1-1/4".

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#Q37705


FLORAL
carved and pierced black glass 1930s pendant with marcasite
accents, 15" with a 1-5/8" by 1-1/8" pendant, marked "sterling" on the
clasp.

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#V37786



DECO
marcasites set in silver tone dress clip set of 2, the settings
heavier than most I see, each marked "silver" on the back, and one marked
"A" and one marked "B", each 1-1/4" by 1".

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#V37295






EARRINGS
silver dangle earrings with marcasites, they are hinged below
the upper part, top to bottom total length is 2",
for pierced ears.

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#Y38208

RING sterling marcasite and citrine ring
that is even more gorgeous in person. It has illegible marks inside the band,
but I think it is circa 1930s, size 7-1/2,
1-1/4" along the finger.
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#G18070



JJ JUDITH JACK
sterling button earrings silver with marcasites, clip backs,
7/16" half domes.

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#X38209




ROSE
marcasites rose brooch in silver tone setting, marked "silver" on the back,
2-1/2" by 1-1/4". View
View #V37288

MARCASITE and blue
paste bracelet set in sterling silver, marked "935" for 935/1000
sterling, 7-1/4" by 5/8" at the widest.
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View #Q37396


VICTORIAN
marcasite and agate flower bouquet brooch, marked "Sil" on the
back, 1-3/4". View
View #V37297



AQUA rhinestone set in
sterling necklace with marcasites on both the pendant and the chain, circa
1920, 22-2/3" chain and 2-1/2" pendant. There are 3 tiny flea bites on the
rhinestone which are visible only under magnification, but nonetheless it is
brilliant and a lovely color of aqua.
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View #Q33271
STERLING Rotary 17 jewel wrist
watch, adjustable from 6" to 6-1/2", face is 5/8" wide, circa 1950.
View #w32185
CITRINE sterling and marcasite
pendant necklace, circa 1930, 16" chain with 1-7/8" pendant, marked sterling on both
pendant and chain. View
View #Q34391




STERLING and marcasite
interlocking links bracelet marked "925", 7" by 3/4".
View
View #N62879
GERMAN sterling, black glass
cabochon and marcasite necklace, 18-1/2" with a 2-1/2" front
drop. The pendant is slightly domed and layered and each link is
detailed and set with marcasites, really lovely. View
View #Q33439
STERLING silver and marcasite
heraldic helmet pin with unfoiled red, blue and green rhinestones, no marks,
1-1/4". View #N34714



STERLING silver and
marcasite flower brooch, marked "925" and maker’s mark "f" as well as
other unidentified marks , 3-3/4" by 1-5/8".
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View #N33306

MARCASITE bracelet in
rhodium plated setting, 6-1/2" by 7/16". Each link is slightly domed giving
the bracelet a lovely brilliance. Marked on the tongue, "Rhod. Plt.".
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View #Y33305

STERLING silver and marcasites rose pin and earring set, brooch 2-1/3", earrings
7/8", in the original box.
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#N32924





MARCASITE
and sterling dog pin, a tiny treasure at 1-1/4". View
Both #Q36429
Pair of dogs.
MARCASITE
and sterling dog pin, a tiny treasure at 1-1/8". View
#Q36428




DRESS
CLIP
a tiny 3/4" treasure with marcasites and topaz-colored beads.
View #Y19912

NECESSAIRE black enamel on
sterling 3-1/4" by 2" compact purse with 2" lipstick and marcasite initials
"PSM". Compartments for powder, rouge and mirror.
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View #P28393

CAMEO oval
ring with marcasites surround, size 6-3/4.
View #Q26303



EMRICH engine turned gold tone compact with marcasites basket motif on the
top, 2-3/4". The inside is fitted with a place for powder and a
mirror. Emrich may have been a West German company. View
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FRENCH sterling and
marcasites lorgnette pendant, hallmarked and "RKE,12530", green leather case
lined with velvet, pushing top unhooks glasses so they spring out, closed
2-1/2", open 5-1/2". View
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View #V31738

CAMEO carved shell cameo
brooch with the unusual left-facing profile set in 800 silver with marcasites, pendant loop
on back, circa 1940, 1-1/3".
View #Q32164




LORGNETTE
folding clip style with marcasites, flower motif, 2-1/2" clip.
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View #V5163


LORGNETTE
silver flip out clip with marcasites, 2-1/4".
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View #A26175

LORGNETTE folding
clip style with marcasites in a basket design, 2-1/8" clip with no glass
lens.
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View #V5160




DECO sterling and marcasite
ring with blue glass cabochon, 1-1/8″ across front, circa 1925, size 7-1/2.
See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139.
#G39778


STERLING
ring with oval carnelian cabochon and marcasites, size 3-3/4,
face 1″ top to bottom, circa 1925. . See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s
Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139. View
#G23234

DECO
gold and silver tone 3-rows of marcasites and oval black cabochon ring, circa 1930, size 9.
See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139.
#G26015





DECO
sterling silver marcasite and oval black ring, circa 1930, size 7-1/2.
See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139. #G26010

DECO
sterling “Orlando” hematite and marcasite ring, circa 1930, size 7.
See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139.
View #G26181

DECO silver marcasite and domed
rectangular black ring, circa 1930, size 5. See Christie Romero’s "Warman’s
Jewelry, Edition 2" page 139. #G26011



DECO
green glass ball and marcasite earrings set in silver with a
paperclip chain and sterling ear wires, 1-3/4". #V38318

RING with
faceted topaz colored glass center stone surrounded by marcasites and set in
silver tone, ring size
4-1/2" and 3/4" along the finger.
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#Q35793

STERLING and marcasite bird pin marked on the back "925", 2-1/3" by 2"

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#V38475




ENAMELED rooster pin with faux marcasite
trim, 1-3/4". View
#Y22139

TAMMEY Jewels berries
and leaves brooch with marcasites.
View #X29606

SILVER enamel and
marcasites 1-5/8"fish pin marked on the back, "KV 800".
View #Y22138




CAVINESS Germany sterling enamel
and marcasite peacock pin, 2-1/2".
View #C29826
BOTH GERMAN sterling enamel and
marcasite peacock pin, darker, 2-1/2". It is exactly like the Caviness
piece, but not signed.
View #N29834



JJ
STERLING
with marcasites
and faux pearls fish pin. View
#X19437
CAVINESS sterling enamel
and marcasite basket pin with marcasites, 1-3/4" .
View #C29825

SCOTTIES sterling, marcasite and black enamel
dogs brooch, 1-1/4".
View #N28741




LIZARD marcasite brooch set in gold
tone, 5-1/2". View
#Y28529


GERMAN sterling, enamel and
marcasite elephant pin, early 1970s, 2". This pin was in all
probability made by the same German company who did Alice Caviness sterling
enamel pieces. It can be seen in her catalogue
HERE.
View #N32168

LIZARD marcasite brooch set in
silver tone, 5-1/2". View
#Y28530




MARCASITE and enamel butterfly
brooch in rhodium setting, 1-1/2".
View #Y34158
STERLING Caviness style sterling, enamel and marcasite
orchid brooch, extra large at 2-5/8". Similar pieces, made in
Germany for Caviness, can be seen HERE.
View #N61579
MARCASITE and enamel sailing
ship brooch in rhodium setting, 1-1/2".
View #Y34159




COMPACT blue enameled powder
and rouge partitioned compact with marcasite accented jumping greyhound,
1-3/4". View
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AUSTRIA
petit point evening bag in a floral motif with
a central architectural cartouche and a pink and white enameled frame
accented with marcasites, 6-3/4" by 7-1/2". The lining is decorated
with tiny ribbon flower edging. This purse is pictured in can be seen in
Evelyn Haertig’s "More Beautiful Purses" on page 61, plate 41.
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View #P20988

CORO brushed gold tone rose
1-13/16" pin with marcasites and a faux pearl center.
View #C20494




MARCASITE
and sterling dangling earrings with peach colored unfoiled rhinestones, 2" total
length and for pierced ears. These earrings are contemporary.

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#N38586


MARCASITE
and sterling dangling earrings with black enamel, total
length 1-1/3" for pierced ears. These earrings are contemporary.

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#N38583

MARCASITE
and sterling dangly earrings with chains, total length 1-1/2" for pierced ears.
These earrings are contemporary.

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#N38584




JJ Judith Jack
sterling and marcasite bracelet with safety catch, 7" by 1/4". Judith
and Jack Rosenberg are the maker’s of this brand, know for it’s quality.
They are a contemporary maker, inspired by vintage jewelry and they often
use marcasites in their work. This is in excellent condition with every
little marcasite in place.

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#X39377


MARCASITE
and sterling dangling earrings with peach colored faceted
crystal, 1-1/8" total length and for pierced ears. These earrings are
contemporary.

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#N38582


STERLING
bracelet with black glass and marcasites set in sterling,
marked "NF 925", 7-1/4" by 3/4". This is a
well-made bracelet that has some weight to it, and is in excellent
condition.

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#N39381




GERMANY marcasites
and sterling insect pin with a mottled
green back and red rhinestone eyes, 1". A really nice insect pin.
View #X39706

GERMAN sterling and
marcasite pierced earrings, total length 2-1/8".
View #V36089


MARCASITE
sterling ring with a polished black
center, size 7-1/2 and is 1-5/8" by 7/8" on the top. It is marked "925" for
sterling inside the band, and it is later 20th century. #G39779