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Pyrite Nugget 3 x 2 Inches 8 Ounces
Pyrite Nugget Mineral Specimen

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Mineral Description
healing crystals

Pyrite crystal cluster 3 x 2 x 2 Inches and 8 ounces. You will receive the exact specimen shown.

This mineral's metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool's gold because of its resemblance to gold. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle and Brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coal. The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word pry which means fire or pyrites lithos meaning stone which strikes fire, in allusion to the sparking produced when iron is struck by a lump of pyrite.
In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel. Despite being nicknamed fool's gold, pyrite is sometimes found in association with small quantities of gold. During the early years of the 20th century, pyrite was used as a mineral detector in radio receivers, and is still used by 'crystal radio' hobbyists. Ancient Incas used Pyrite as mirrors. Pyrite enjoyed brief popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms, most notably the wheellock, where the cock held a lump of pyrite against a circular file to strike the sparks needed to fire the gun. Pyrite has been used since classical times to manufacture copperas, or iron sulfate. Iron pyrite was heaped up and allowed to weather as described above (an early form of heap leaching). The acidic runoff from the heap was then boiled with iron to produce iron sulfate. In the 15th century, oil of vitriol (sulfuric acid) was manufactured either from copperas or by burning sulfur to sulfur dioxide and then converting that to sulfuric acid. By the 19th century, the dominant method was to burn iron pyrite.


Pyrite is often calledFool's Gold, though there is nothing foolish about this mineral. Within its gleaming beauty is a stone of hidden fire, one that can be sparked to life by striking it against metal or stone. An Earth element, it also resonates with Fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one's own power. It is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one's abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.

As a talisman, Pyrite is a unique protector, drawing energy from the Earth through the physical body and into the aura creating a defensive shield against negative energies, environmental pollutants, emotional attack and physical harm. It also supports one with a spirit of boldness and assertive action when protecting others, the planet, or in standing up for important issues of community. It stimulates the Second and Third Chakras, enhancing will power and the ability to see behind facades to what is real.

Pyrite was highly prized by the native Indian tribes of the Americas as a healing stone of magic, and was polished into mirrors for gazing and divination. Before the 1800's, it was favored as a decorative stone, carved into rosettes, shoe buckles, rings, snuff boxes and other ornaments, and was extremely popular in England during the Victorian Age for its use in jewelry. Pyrite's biggest use occurred during World War II when it was mined as a source of Sulfur for producing sulfuric acid used in industry.


Color: Brassy yellow

Luster: Metallic

Transparency: Crystals can be opaque.

Crystal System: Isometric; bar 3 2/m

Crystal Habits: Cube, octohedron and pyritohedron. A flattened nodular variety called "Pyrite Suns".

Cleavage: Very distinct.

Fracture: Conchoidal

Hardness: 6 to 6.5

Specific Gravity: 5.1

Streak: Greenish black

Associated Minerals: Quartz, calcite, gold, sphalerite, galena, fluorite and many other minerals.

Best Field Indicators: Crystal habit, hardness, streak, luster and brittleness.

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