Our Top Five Favourite Gemstones For 1920s Vintage Chic in 2020!

The Chicago Marcasite range draws heavily on the art deco style of jewellery that was popular in the roaring 1920s and 30s, which has connotations of serious style and glamour. The entire range uses Sterling Silver with most of the pieces being flecked with Marcasite stones by Swarovski. Marcasite itself is a gorgeous gemstone, derived from the highest quality iron pyrite which is carved and polished to accentuate its beauty. However, today we are going to shift the focus from Marcasite to take a look at our top five favourite semi-precious gemstones which feature across the range. Click on any of the images below to be brought directly to the product page. 

5. Citrine

Our Citrine ring always gets a lot of attention when customers see it in the shop. Perhaps this is because of the sheer vibrancy of its colour, which ranges in tone and depth from a deep honey orange to a summery golden yellow.  It is said to emanate positivity and joy, and we certainly feel joyful when we look at it!  Not only that, but it is said to bring wealth to its owner. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, making this gemstone very hard wearing and resistant to most scratches. It is one of the birthstones for November, along with Topaz, which we also feature in our range!

Citrine Marcasite Ring Vintage Style Jewellery by Chicago Marcasite Jewellery

4. Agate

Did you know that Agate comes in a number of different colours, including green and red? We feature both varieties in our range. Green Agate instills a sort of calmness and tranquility, and is said to bring about emotional balance for its wearer. Red Agate on the other hand is said to protect its wearer and shield them from negative energies! Agate is one of the birthstones for September. 


Red Agate Sterling Silver ring

3. Pearl

We have many gemstones to choose from, but we knew that no matter what, we just had to include pearl, which is recognised for its timeless class and elegance. Having said that, we can’t really call a pearl a stone - these beautiful jewels are formed inside the shells of oysters and other molluscs. The highest quality pearls are uniformly round in shape, with a smooth surface. These pearls are a rarity amongst molluscs - hence their reputation for denoting wealth. Nowadays it is difficult to find naturally occurring pearls, so many oysters and molluscs are farmed to produce them. Pearls are the birthstone for June.

2. Lapis

Lapis is one of the most striking stones in our collection, and is mostly recognised by its deep, intensely blue colour. If you look really closely, some lapis is flecked with gold coloured streaks to give an almost marbled effect. Although most lapis is found in this rich blue colour, the colour can vary in shades all the way up to a greenish turquoise. Some say that lapis represents wisdom and truth, and can relieve feelings of anger. It’s not hard to see why - the rich intensity of its colour certainly holds much potential for calming frayed nerves!

Lapis and Sterling Silver RingLapis and Sterling Silver Drop Earrings

1. Garnet

We were spoilt for choice when it came to choosing our favourite gemstones, but we had to give garnet the number one spot due to it being the birthstone for January. We actually wrote a blog about this gorgeous vibrant gemstone a few years back, so please do check it out right here on our site! 


Red Garnet Marcasite Ring in Sterling Silver - Vintage Style Jewellery by Chicago Marcasite Jewellery

We hope you've enjoyed our top five gemstones for oozing sophistication and glamour. What better way to celebrate entering the 20s than with some 1920s inspired jewellery!





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