Year after year, our range of Marcasite silver proves to be one shop's most adored collections - it seems the glittering jewellery's instantly recognisable, turn-of-the-century look sparks nostalgia in people of all ages, whatever their personal style. We've just added another 30 pieces to our extensive online range, as we predict it'll be very popular come Christmas.
The stones in Marcasite jewellery are actually pieces of Pyrite, a gem that became known as 'Fool's Gold' in the 19th century after gold miners attempted to pass one material off as the other. It was its affordability, however, that ensured the stone's enduring appeal: young Victorian girls could afford to copy the Queen's style by accessorising with a marcasite brooch, while economising 1930s women saw it as a way to wear sparkling, encrusted jewellery without having to face the diamond price tag.
During the 1920s, the gem enjoyed another spell of popularity. It was so ubiquitous that it cropped up on all manner of occasion-wear: belts, headbands, dresses, shoe buckles.
A very Art Deco Luke Stockley design:
Have a look at some nostalgic images in my Inspiration Gallery.
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I have just had a fabulous new delivery in from Askew London, just in time for Christmas.
Susan Askew's signature animals and insects have made a return with beautiful earrings with lions, cats, frogs, rainbow owls, falcons, swallows and of course, bees, all encrusted with vintage stones and crystals. Each delivery of Askew is a complete surprise, as Susan designs and makes her jewellery in conjunction with what vintage stones and beads she has at any one time, and we are NEVER disappointed!
Her show-stopping necklaces are embellished with vintage glass stones in an array of colours, which are perfect for the festive season, as well as heavily encrusted brooches.
However, don't delay, as Askew London usually flies out as quickly as it arrives…
I have had a huge delivery of new earrings in from all of my favourite jewellery designers including Konplott, Sweet Romance, and Philippe Ferrandis.
Bold statement pieces from Konplott include stunning Art Deco 'Oriental' Emerald Green Crystal Beaded Earrings or 'African Glam' Purple Crystal Beaded Earrings. For something simpler, yet no less dramatic, Philippe Ferrandis’ 'Indiana' Blue, Lime Green and Turquoise Drop Earrings are beautiful.
Delicate vintage-style pieces from Sweet Romance include the prettiest Rose Gold Turquoise Crystal Bow Earrings and Coral and Turquoise Vintage Style Cluster Earrings, perfect for dressing up the simplest outfit.