Victorian Style Ruby and Marcasite Magnifying Glass and Loupe and also Pendant in 925 Sterling Silver Hallmarked
Victorian Era 1837-1901
Victorian Era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 1837 until 1901. There was a strong religious drive for higher moral standards. Ideologically, the Victorian era witnessed resistance to the rationalism that defined the Georgian period and an increasing turn towards romanticism and even mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a grand excess of ornament. The Victorian era is known for its interpretation and eclectic revival of historic styles mixed with the introduction of Middle-east and Asian influences. It is also described by its amazing functionality.
The mineral marcasite, sometimes called white iron pyrite, is iron sulfide (FeS2) with orthorhombic crystal structure.
In marcasite jewelry, pyrite used as a gemstone is termed "marcasite" – that is, marcasite jewelry is made from pyrite, not from the mineral marcasite. In the late medieval and early modern eras the word "marcasite" meant both pyrite and the mineral marcasite.