Myths and legends

What is the correct name for drip silver?

Drop silver is not silver made using some innovative or simply unusual technology. This is a mineral that was previously poetically called radiant (comb or spear-shaped) pyrite. It is now known as “marcasite”, and products made from it are in demand all over the world. Marcasite jewelry has been loved since ancient times. Fashionistas of Ancient Egypt used them to highlight their beauty; they were found during excavations in Iran, Eastern Altai, and the Indus Valley. Marcasite was called the “stone of the Incas,” and the collection of the Paris Museum of Man contains an Aztec mirror made of Marcasite depicting the god Quetzalcoatl, and the National Museum of Anthropology and Archeology in Lima has a similar mirror belonging to the Mohican culture (1st century BC – VI century BC). In Europe, the fashion for products made of marcasite and with marcasite inserts arose during the reign of Louis XIV – marcasite began to be used as a substitute for diamonds. By the way, it was thanks to this replacement that original diamond jewelry from that era has survived to this day. The fact is that before the discovery of South African diamond mines, most jewelry was melted down, and the stones were inserted into other products – as soon as fashion changed slightly. But marcasite made it possible to preserve what was already available, and at the same time continue to make new jewelry that was fully in line with changing fashion. It is interesting that the masters of the time of Louis XIV did not at all consider marcasite as a cheap and unprestigious material. On the contrary, it was widely used along with cut diamonds in the manufacture of gold and silver jewelry. The 1813th century saw new uses for marcasite in jewelry. The idea originated in Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1814-1813, in return for the jewelry made of precious metals and stones donated to equip the army, the ladies were given iron ones, often signed “Gold gab ich fur Eisen, 1813” (“Trade gold for iron, XNUMX”). Marcasite, thanks to its ferruginous luster, served as an excellent addition to such jewelry, giving them an extraordinary, sophisticated flavor. After the end of the wars, the fashion for such jewelry arose in France, and soon spread throughout the world. Marcasite was also widely used in steel jewelry, popular at the beginning of the 19th century – yes, steel was also used as a jewelry material. The peak of marcasite’s popularity was in the first quarter of the last century, and it was used by jewelers as an insert designed to complement and highlight other stones in jewelry. Particularly good were the marcasite jewelry made by Theodore Farner. Sketches for jewelry were made by famous artists (for example, Joseph M. Olbrich), and the jewelry had a unique style and a distinct personality. Then interest in drop silver fell, and it began to be used mainly not in the jewelry industry, but for the production of sulfur. The revival of marcasite in the jewelry field is attributed to the Butler & Wilson company. In the 80s of the last century, jewelers of this company began to repeat the designs of the 30s and make jewelry with marcasite. Marcasite is an ornamental stone that looks most beautiful in silver. It is a scattering of miniature minerals in the form of short needles. Crystals collected in arrays have a special bronze luster. The color of the mineral varies from green to black. The main deposit is the Urals (Russia).

History and magical properties

Another name for marcasite stone is radiant pyrite. They began to call it that because of its brass color. It is known that even in ancient times it was used to make fire and in weapons production. Marcasite gained particular popularity in the 20th century. At that time, almost every woman considered it her duty to have jewelry made of marcasite in silver. It is worth noting that in Europe, radiant pyrites were even used to replace diamonds. Then, in the 20th century, the stone received another name – drop silver, although it has nothing to do with this noble metal. In ancient times, the Incas used the mineral in their magical rituals. With its help, they looked into the future and read the past. And in Egypt they believed that dripping silver could preserve youth. Historians have proven that the famous Cleopatra often wore items made of radiant pyrite. Currently, marcasite stone is widely used in jewelry. Despite the fragility of the stone (its hardness is not very high compared to others), beautiful jewelry is made from it in art deco and vintage styles. Astrologers note the strong magical properties of the stone. It is often called a male talisman. This is due to the fact that in the Middle Ages it was used as an amulet by alchemists. They believed that dripping marcasite silver would bring them enlightenment and allow them to learn all the secrets of the universe. Despite this, the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna was very fond of jewelry with marcasite. She believed that the gem brought her good luck. The mineral marcasite has strong energy. It protects its owner from all kinds of adversity and the evil eye, charges him with positive energy and gives him confidence in his abilities. He loves kind and hardworking people – he gives them peace of mind. Marcasite jewelry is recommended to be given as a gift to people whose profession involves danger. He acts as a talisman and protects them from harm. The military even has a saying: if you want to avoid being hit by a bullet, marcasite lice into your body armor. Drip silver also has a positive effect on children. It calms the child’s nervous system. Astrologers recommend that babies wear marcasite beads to protect them from the evil eye. However, you should know that such jewelry cannot be worn for more than 3 days. Since the mineral has strong energy, it can cause harm to its owner if used for a long time. Does not like drip silver and proximity to other precious or semi-precious stones.

Healing properties and compatibility by zodiac sign

In addition to its magical properties, marcasite also has healing abilities. Lithotherapists note that the stone helps cope with stress and depression and calms the nervous system. At the same time, the mineral is contraindicated for highly excitable people: it will only intensify nervous experiences. The stone is also irreplaceable for general weakness of the body. Lithotherapists note that from a medical point of view, a crystal with a golden hue brings the greatest benefit. Even in ancient times, the gem was used to treat diseases of the organs of vision. It relieves cataracts, myopia, and inflammatory processes in the mucous membrane of the eye. In addition, it cleanses the body, strengthens the immune system, promotes wound healing, and eliminates freckles and warts from the skin. Marcasite earrings are recommended to be worn by those who suffer from various skin diseases and joint pain. The patrons of the stone are the planets Mars and Neptune. It is they who give him such strong energy that allowed ancient magicians to look into the future. Shamans even believed that pyrite could change people’s destinies. However, for this a person must have strong internal energy. According to the horoscope, the mineral is suitable for Aries and Scorpios. In the hands of representatives of these zodiac signs, he will reveal his full potential and bring them positive life changes. But the stone is exclusively contraindicated for Pisces and Cancers. It will only bring them misfortune and all sorts of problems. Representatives of other zodiac signs can safely purchase jewelry made from marcasite. However, there is a special requirement for all owners of the gem. A person must have self-confidence and a strong personality. Otherwise, the stone will only increase all the negative traits of its owner. For example, the greedy will begin to count every penny, and the hot-tempered will begin to easily fall into anger from any unpleasant situation.

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