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A Touch Of Class - Vintage Sterling Silver Black Onyx & Marcasite Brooch.  This exquisite brooch is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 , and a makers mark, HBO.  Featuring 4 genuine rectangular black onyx gems, rose cut marcasite, Art Deco styling , and quality craftsmanship.  The beautiful brooch has an open-worked detailed silver frame expertly bezel set with elegant black onyx gemstones.  The brooch has a unique shape , with a geometric design (a characteristic of Art Deco jewelry).  The piece is adorned with rose cut charcoal coloured marcasite, adding sparkle and life to the wonderful piece. The pin on the back is original to the piece and in perfect working order.  The Brooch looks stunning on anything and everything, and will add a touch of class to any wardrobe.  

They originally used the onyx name for a variety of marble having white and yellow veins. Onyx is the Greek word for “claw” or “fingernail” because these veins resemble the colors of a fingernail. ... The myth of the origin of onyx says that the goddess Venus was resting on the banks of the Indus River.

Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Incas and the Ancient Greeks. Cleopatra was reported to wear Marcasite in order to preserve her beauty. The Incas are the first known civilization to have used marcasite in jewellery, with marcasite jewellery found in many Incan burial chambers.

Marcasite is a type of gemstone that has been used in jewelry for centuries. Marcasite jewelry refers to the gemstone but it also means a type of jewelry – setting tiny pieces of pyrite in designs into silver. Marcasite jewelry has a distinct look and is popular in vintage jewelry pieces.  
Silver's history is long. The first evidence of silver mining dates back to 3000 B.C., in Turkey and Greece, according to the RSC. Ancient people even figured out how to refine silver. They heated the silver ore and blew air over it, a process called cupellation.                                                                                                                                  
Measurements: 55.00 mm 17.00 mm                                                                                  
Stone Size: Onyx 4.00 mm - 3.00 mm                                                                                
Weight: 9.90 grams                                                                                                              
Condition: Excellent                                                                                                              
Origin: America                                                                                                                          
Date: Circa 1960

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