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Marcasite (Pyrite), Onyx, Pearl, Silver Ring 14184-1519

This stylish Victorian-design ring features onyx, pearls and marcasite (pyrite) crafted in silver.

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Details: onyx, pearls, marcasite (pyrite), silver Ring.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Size: 17.32 NL / 54.4 FR / 7 US / NĀ½ UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Weight in grams: 5.7.
Condition: New.

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The Victorian Era spanned Queen Victoria's rule of England from 1837 until 1901. During this time, a middle class began to emerge, sparking a demand for jewelry in the mass market, jewelry trends often reflected the tone of current events. The era is usually divided into several subsections: the Romantic Period from 1837 to 1861, the Grand Period from 1861 to 1880, and the Aesthetic Period from 1880 to 1901.

During the Romantic Period jewelry also featured nature-inspired designs, similar to jewelry of the Georgian era. Frequently, these designs were delicately and intricately etched into gold. Lockets and brooches were popular in daytime jewelry during the early Victorian era, whereas colored gemstones and diamonds were worn during the evening.

During the Grand Period jewelry , because the Grand or Mid-Victorian era corresponded with the death of Queen Victoria's husband, many jewelry pieces have solemn, somber designs. Known as mourning jewelry, the pieces feature heavy, dark stones. Jet, onyx, amethyst, and garnet are frequently found in jewelry from this period. Compared to previous periods, Mid-Victorian-era jewelry features highly creative, colorful designs using shells, mosaics and gemstones.

During the Aesthetic period, jewelers used diamonds and feminine, bright gemstones such as sapphire, peridot, and spinel. Star and crescent designs as well as elaborate hat pins were also popular. Some scholars believe the aesthetic era began sooner, in 1875, and ended as early as 1890.

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onyx

Onyx is a type of chalcedony, which is a variety of quartz that is characterized by its fine grain and layered structure. Onyx is most commonly found in black and white bands, and it is known for its unique color pattern and ability to be carved into intricate designs.

Onyx has been used for centuries as a gemstone and has been prized for its beauty and versatility. It was especially popular in ancient times, when it was used to create cameos, which are small, carved gemstones that feature a raised design on a background of a different color. The layered structure of onyx made it especially well-suited for this purpose, as it allowed the engraver to cut the design in one color while creating a background of another color.

The term "onyx" is sometimes used to describe pure black gemstones, but this is technically incorrect. True onyx is always banded, with alternating layers of black and white (or sometimes other colors). Gemstones that are solid black are usually made of other materials, such as obsidian or black jade.

In addition to its use in jewelry, onyx is also used in various decorative objects and as a material for carving and engraving. It is a relatively hard and durable stone, and it is often used in jewelry and other decorative items that are subjected to wear and tear.

pearl

Pearls are small, round, and lustrous objects that are produced by certain types of mollusks, which are invertebrate animals that belong to the phylum Mollusca. Mollusks include a wide range of species, including oysters, clams, mussels, snails, and octopuses, among others.

While all mollusks have the ability to produce pearls, only a few varieties are able to create gem-quality pearls that are suitable for use in jewelry. These include the oysters that produce akoya pearls, the freshwater mussels that produce freshwater pearls, and the South Sea and Tahitian pearls, which are produced by large saltwater oysters.

Pearls are formed when an irritant, such as a grain of sand or a parasite, enters the mollusk and becomes trapped inside its shell. In response to the irritant, the mollusk secretes a substance called nacre, which coats the irritant and eventually forms a pearl.

The quality of a pearl is determined by a number of factors, including its size, shape, color, and luster. High-quality pearls are prized for their beauty and are used in a variety of different types of jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.

marcasite (pyrite)

Marcasite is a mineral that is made up of iron sulfide and has an orthorhombic crystal structure. It is known for its golden yellow color and metallic luster, but it is very brittle and not suitable for use in jewelry. Instead, what is often referred to as "marcasite" in jewelry is actually pyrite, which is also known as "fool's gold," that has been faceted to mimic the appearance of diamonds.

Marcasite has been used in jewelry since around 1700, and it is usually found mounted in silver. It has remained popular in high-quality fashion jewelry due to its attractive color and luster. In antique jewelry, marcasite can be distinguished from cut steel faux gems because marcasite is typically bead or prong-set, like a gemstone, while cut steel is usually riveted.

silver

Silver is a white metallic element that is known for its excellent conductivity of heat and electricity. It is represented on the periodic table of elements by the symbol Ag, and it is a member of the noble metals, which are known for their excellent resistance to oxidation.

Silver is a relatively soft metal, with a hardness that is intermediate between gold and copper. It is more malleable and ductile than gold, which means that it can be easily shaped and molded into various forms. However, it is not as hard as copper, which means that it is more prone to scratches and other types of damage.

Because of its softness, silver is usually alloyed with another metal to harden it enough to maintain the desired shape and details when it is used in jewelry and other decorative objects. This helps to give it the necessary strength and durability for use in these types of applications.

Throughout history, silver has played a prominent role in the production of jewelry and objets d'art. It is prized for its beauty and versatility, and it is often used in a wide variety of different types of jewelry, including rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. It is also used in decorative objects, such as candlesticks, vases, and other decorative items.

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