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Encyclopaedia of stones

Pyrite

The pyrite is often massive, the crystals are cubic, dodecahedral ... This stone is opaque with a metallic luster and yellow brass to golden yellow. This hue earned him the nickname "gold of fulls". There are in the world very many localities of Pyrite. The most notable deposits are Rio Marina on the island of Elba (association with hematite) and Grosseto (Tuscany) in Italy, the Cassandra mine in Greece, the Sonora district in Mexico ... See all jewels with pyrite...

Colors
Dark grey, silver, brass yellow, golden

Family
Sulfide group

Origin

Sweden, USA, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Australia

Virtues

Pyrite is a symbol of resolution. It is said to help curb indecisiveness and boost self-confidence. It is thought to bring luck during examinations, removing mental blocks and reducing anxiety!

Specifications

Pyrite has a silvery to golden, metallic colour. Its name is derived from the Greek word pyros, meaning fire, as the stone produces sparks when it is hit. Pyrite is often called ‘Fools' Gold' because of its similarity to gold in colour and shape when found in nature. In the old mining days, pyrite was as a matter of fact often confused with gold as they also occur together.

History

In the Stone Age, pyrite was used to make fire. Being a firestone, it has been attributed magic properties in ancient legends. It was believed to hold fire in its core.
Many ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans used pyrite in jewellery and for ornamental purposes. The stone was highly valued as a healing stone in antiquity, and Native Americans used it as an amulet. During the Middle Ages, some believed that pyrite could actually be turned into gold.
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