Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cleaning Natural Stone Marcasite Jewelry

We love to wear natural stones in our jewelry and accessories. Some stones are very delicate and need special care when cleaning. Marcasite is one of those stones.

Marcasite a semi precious stone consisting of pyrite. True Marcasite is actually a mineral called white iron pyrite. In Marcasite jewelry, pyrite used as a gemstone is termed "marcasite". It is considered a stone but because of its structure and should never get wet so you should remove your jewelry before bathing, showering or swimming.

Marcasite jewelry became fashionable in the Victorian era and even today Marcasite jewelry settings tend to be romantic with a nod to past vintage styles. Marcasite, when it is made into jewelry, is commonly secured in its setting with jewelers cement and because of this, it may require special cleaning

To clean Marcasite jewelry you will need a very soft brush and a jeweler's polish cloth. Use the brush to loosen debris and dirt and then use the jeweler's polishing cloth to remove residue and finger prints from the Marcasite stones.

Most commonly, Marcasite is set into sterling silver or silver metal when used in jewelry and you should use a soft anti-tarnishing cloth to polish the silver setting when needed. Take care in using treated cloths or commercial silver cleaners as you do not want to accidentally apply any chemicals to the stones.

The most important things to remember when it comes to Marcasite jewelry is to not get it wet and to keep your marcasite jewelry from coming into contact with lotions and creams. Don't immerse your Marcasite jewelry in water, expose it to extreme temperatures or clean it in a sonic jewelry cleaner.  Take care to regularly clean the stones and settings with a soft brush and soft jewelers cloth. If you take these precautions, your jewelry will look fabulous and be loved for a long time.

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

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