Stunning style throughout the ages
Deep and lustrous, marcasite has been celebrated as a fascinating gemstone throughout human history. Up until the modern era, the word marcasite was used to refer to iron sulfide minerals in general, and while the modern scientific use of the word now applies to only one polymorph of iron pyrite, the traditional use of the term continues in the world of jewellery, where marcasite is today used to refer to small polished and faceted stones of pyrite inlaid in sterling silver, such as those in our current collection of sterling jewellery.
The ancient Greeks, the Romans and the Incas all made use of marcasite in their jewellery, and attributed strengthening and invigorating properties to this beautiful material. Meditating upon pyrite has long been said to remedy intellectual and nervous fatigue, and to provide a boost to one's vitality and mental clarity, even to the point of sparking creativity and aiding communication between the conscious and unconscious mind. The ancient Greeks were the ones to name pyrite after the word 'pyr', meaning fire, because of its ability to form sparks when struck against flint or steel. Many ancient civilisations saw fit to use polished pyrite slabs for scrying based on these energising and clarifying properties, including the Mayans and the Aztecs. The ancient Chinese are said to have believed that pyrite could guard against crocodile attacks; I'd guess that would depend on the weight and heft of each particular stone.
Stand out from the crowd with some of the most beautiful and unusual jewellery around.
Everyone deserves at least one absolute favourite piece of jewellery; something beautiful and lasting, something which makes you smile every time you see it on the sideboard or in the mirror. We're always on the lookout for timeless and unique silver jewellery with the potential to become someone's most cherished necklace or bracelet.
Here are our current top ten of these finds, each a design that made us stop and take a long second look.
Dazzling style at Parriss Jewellers
While classic jewellery never goes out of style, the classics of each age all have their own special radiance, and the most cutting-edge designs can showcase timeless gemstones in a way that highlights their beauty like nothing else. Whether your taste leans more to sterling silver jewellery, lustrous gold, sleek platinum, riots of colour, or anything diamond, you're bound to find something to take your breath away in our beautiful collection of designer modern rings.
The stunning diamond and 18ct white gold design pictured above demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of no holds barred brilliance. This two-ring piece features a 20 point diamond solitaire ring matched perfectly with a total 24pt diamond swirl ring, framing beauty with beauty to produce an exceptionally compelling form.
We've seen some beautiful sterling jewellery move through the shop this January, as the new year has started up in earnest. It always feels symbolic that as each year germinates, the birthstone of the month is the one named after the latin word for seed, 'granatus'.
One of our favourite gemstones, garnet truly shares the deep red sheen of pomegranate seeds. It's easy to see how it gained its reputation as a stone of health and passion.
See how beautiful nature can be with Opal
We have just added a large number of opal jewellery pieces to our website and even more in our shop. Opal is a very popular semi-precious stone, possibly because of the way nature has created it with stunning colours which are different too every piece, and because Opal is October's birthstone.
One unfortunate myth that puts some people off purchasing opal is that the stone is unlucky. In fact this myth was as a result of the book Anne of Gerstein, written by Sir Walter Scott in 1829. In this book the main character dies and her death is attributed to the wearing of opal. Prior to this book's release the multicolored opal was considered to be a gemstone of good luck, beauty and fascination.Opal as a birthstone symbolises Purity, Hope & Health
According to gem lore, opal is believed to soothe depression and help the wearer find true love! It also promotes creativity, spontaneity, happiness and improves memory. White opal is a milky white stone with mysterious, iridescent qualities. A gift of opal is said to be symbolic of faithfulness.