Mum's Old Watch

Karen Tregoning

Bentleigh, Australia

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This type of watch was known as a Marcasite Watch, even though the stones were not actually Marcasite. Marcasite jewellery is in fact jewellery made from pyrite (fool’s gold), not, as the name suggests, from marcasite. Pyrite is similar to marcasite, but more stable and less brittle. Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks. It was particularly popular in the eighteenth century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau jewellery designers. It is frequently made by setting small pieces of pyrite into silver. Cheaper costume jewellery is made by glueing pieces of pyrite rather than setting. A similar-looking type of jewellery can be made from small pieces of cut steel.

Camera: Canon EOS 550D.

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