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Vintage Marcasite Sterling Silver Drop Earrings

$95.00

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Vintage sterling silver and marcasite drop earrings. A beautiful, elegant pair of earrings with a screw back.

Marcasite jewellery dates back to ancient Greek culture and experienced a revival in Georgian times as it was cheaper and less rare than diamonds. Queen Victoria wore Marcasite jewellery when mourning the loss of Prince Albert as it was considered less showy than diamonds which again increased its popularity. Marcasite again came to the fore in the Art Deco period and is still a popular jewellery choice today. 

 Up until the 1890s all earrings were made for pierced ears. In 1894 the screw-back earring was invented, allowing women without pierced ears to wear earrings. The earring clip was patented in 1934 and by the 1940s became the preferred earring style for women without pierced ears.

The total length of the earrings is 4cm.

All Leoni & Vonk pearls and stones are handpicked for their beauty and individuality. Gold fill has the same desirable properties and look of solid gold. It won’t tarnish and will not rub off. If treated with care gold filled jewellery can be worn daily without fear of fading or rubbing off. 

All Leoni & Vonk jewellery is packaged in a black wallet/pouch. If your Leoni & Vonk purchase is a special gift and you would like it gift wrapped please go to the Gift Wrap section here and make your selection https://leoniandvonk.com/collections/gift-wrap

This unique piece of jewellery may have signs of wear due to it's history. It is beautifully imperfect and should be treated with love and care.