SOLD – Antique pyrite rose gold signet ring

Light dances on your finger with this one. I love the contrast of the smooth gold band and the rustic pyrite in its natural form. Such a sight for sour eyes!

This signet ring from the Victorian era, second half of the 19th century, is in excellent condition. It has no hallmarks, but has been tested 10ct rose gold.

I can imagine this was a so-called ‘gold rush’ souvenir. Pyrite was often mistaken for gold because of its shiny metallic appearance. You’ve probably heard of a ‘gold rush’ before. New discovery of gold brings – of course – lots of miners seeking their fortune. Major gold rushes took place in the 19th century in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Canada. Closer to home, there was a Scottish gold rush as well. In the early 1850s there were sightings of ‘gold’ near Fife. Sometimes pyrite has pieces of gold in it, but the Scottish pyrite did not. They soon stopped mining it.

Have you seen marcasite jewellery? It’s worth to Google! Popular as well in Victorian times and made of small pieces of pyrite, usually set in silver.

I remember seeing pyrite for the first time when I was about 8 years old. It looked like gold, but it was somehow different. It shined like metal and the structure was rough. My grandfather gave me a little piece, a souvenir from one of his adventurous journeys. He told me that he mined the stones himself. I’m still not sure if this is true though. We’ll never know now. Also, his house looked like a natural history museum and I loved that. Gemstones, paintings, taxidermy and dark antique furniture. I wish I could show you.


This ring is sold.


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