Exquisite, Marcasite and Onyx bypass hinged bangle
Price for clients in the US: USD 140. Please see the shipping and payment details at the end of this product description.
Parisian chic or global exotic. This exquisite hinged bangle can straddle both worlds with equal ease. The smooth black onyx makes the perfect foil to the numerous tiny hand-faceted, shimmering, pyrite that encrust the face of the bangle (see "Trivia" below). Superb craftsmanship, elegant proportions, and that rare versatility guarantee that you'll be reaching out for this bangle very often.
Composition: Sterling silver.
Measurements: 5.6 cms diameter. It has a tongue and hinge mechanism for opening. Best suited for a small to medium wrist.
Weight: 19.18 gms
Age: Likely 1980s-90s
Country of origin: Thailand
Trivia: Marcasite jewellery is made from pyrite (Fool's Gold), not, as the name suggests, from marcasite. Pyrite is similar to marcasite but more stable and less brittle. The jewellery is made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver. Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks and was particularly popular in the 18th century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau jewelry designers. When Prince Albert died in 1861 Queen Victoria entered a period of mourning, requiring her entire court to wear black and avoid opulent jewelry. Marcasite became popular as an understated alternative for the nobility.
Please note: (1) All the jewellery in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewellery.
(2) All the jewellery has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewellery is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewellery is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.
Shipping and payment details for clients in the US: A flat fee of $10 per packet will be charged for shipping within the continental USA. These pieces will be shipped from our California studio. Ignore any other shipping charges that may show up at the time of checkout. Select "PayPal" as the payment mode and place the order. You will receive a mail from us with the total amount to be paid and the mail id for PayPal payment. You can choose any other way to pay as well, in case you don't use PayPal. Please do NOT add any other item apart from those in this collection to your cart. For all other purchases (from other collections) for delivery in the USA from our US office, you need to place an order on our US website.