Victorian “Fool’s Gold” dress ring
Victorian “Fool’s gold” dress ring
set with an oval cabochon of fool’s gold, or to use its technical term pyrite, rub-over set in a simple oval mount with concave back and D section band.
Finger size J, cabochon Inc. setting 19.74mm by 12.95mm.
The ring does not have gold marks due to age but tests as gold. Pyrite's metallic lustre and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool's gold.
The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρίτης (pyritēs), "of fire" or "in fire", in turn from πύρ (pyr), "fire". In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel; Pliny the Elder described one of them as being brassy, almost certainly a reference to what we now call pyrite.