Pyrite, African Gold
Boldly stride forward on your spiritual path.
Attract great spiritual and financial wealth.
Joyfully give and receive love and generosity.
Feel confident and release anxious thoughts.
Let African Gold Pyrite reveal your Highest Self!
Mineralogy of Pyrite
Mineral Family: Sulfates
Chemical Composition: FeS2
Color: Brass yellow, gray-yellow
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Cubic, octaheral, pryitohedral
Location: Pyrite deposits are found worldwide. Some of the most important deposits are in Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the United States (California, Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia).
Mineral Family: Pyrite is a type of Sulfide, minerals in which sulfur has been combined with one or more metals. They tend to have simple structures and often have a metallic luster.
Formation: Like other Sulfides, Pyrite can occur in all rock types. It is created when Iron molecules bond with water. When found in igneous or metamorphic rocks, Pyrite forms in concentrations inside veins and fractures. When found in sedimentary rocks its is loosely disseminated.
Mining: Sulfide minerals are the most common ore minerals for most commercially mined metals including Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Copper. Pyrite is commonly mined alongside these more precious metals.
Enhancements: All Pyrites are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. Pyrite is sometimes falsely advertised as Marcasite, which has a similar appearance but is an entirely different mineral.
Synonyms: Fool’s Gold
History of African Gold
African Gold is a relatively “new” stone on the market, and has been called by many names including Pyrite, Healer’s Stone and even Apache Gold (this last name actually refers to an entirely different type of Pyrite stone, which is gold and white, rather than gold and black). African Gold is not included any ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.
It was originally discovered in South African Gold Mines located in the Witwatersrand Basin. Pyrite is a common ore stone for precious Gold, and so is commonly mined as a secondary stone. One interesting deposit had the Pyrite in a matrix of grey/black Agate. This stone became known as “African Gold.” For many years, this was the only source for the stone, but a similar deposit in Peru has recently been discovered. Despite the fact that the stones are literally from South America, “African Gold” remains the official name.
Photos: African Gold Ore
Healing Properties of African Gold Pyrite
Spiritual: African Gold Pyrite inspires us to seek full self-realization and obtain the god-self in this lifetime. It sends us forward on our spiritual path and demands that we live with the Highest Integrity. African Gold helps us to see our Light and Shadow sides, accepting them and integrating them into a single beautiful whole. It is a fabulous abundance stone, attracting both financial wealth and precious spiritual insights. African Gold Pyrite is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the elements of Earth and vibrates to the number 9.
Emotional: African Gold Pyrite gives us courage to face down our fears and release emotional trauma that holds us back from joy and peace. It is a highly protective stone, and helps us to create good boundaries and make wise choices which will lead to our happiest and most fulfilling life. African Gold Pyrite increases self-confidence, helping us to attract new friends and valuable associates. Its vibrant energy helps us to love more freely, giving and receiving love with equal pleasure. In particular, African Gold Pyrite urges us to be open to receiving the love and generosity of others. African Gold Pyrite promises us that all will be well in the end, so stay hopeful and don’t give in to despair or self-doubt.
Mental: African Gold Pyrite helps us to better explore the situations we find ourselves in and to know how to handle them appropriately. It has a very soothing mental energy, one which reassures us that we are the masters of our own destiny, and that, with a little initiative, we can make great things happen! African Gold Pyrite gently reveals our subconscious beliefs that hold us back and guides us to process and dismiss such thoughts. In their place, African Gold Pyrite helps us to install new beliefs and thought processes which attract positive abundance and happiness on every level.
Physical: African Gold Pyrite is believed to aid in purifying the body of infections and strengthening the auto-immune system. It is said to reduce the effects of pollution on our physical body, especially in terms of asthma and second-hand smoke. African Gold Pyrite is commonly used as a fertility stone, particular for male impotence. It is most often used to promote general physical vitality and health, reminding us to take good care of ourselves and seek balance.
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Safe Handling of African Gold Pyrite
African Gold Pyrite is a Copper-derived mineral and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “African Gold Pyrite Water” for drinking or bathing. Having too much Copper in the body is toxic, and drinking direct-infusion elixirs of Copper-derived stones is dangerous. This is especially true if the water is hot. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
African Gold Pyrite is a sturdy little stone that can be carried around in a typical pocket or medicine bag without chipping.
African Gold Pyrite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
African Gold Pyrite can be energetically cleansed using any method, including but not limited to: fresh or salt water (if using salt water, be sure to rinse the stone off afterwards in freshwater to remove the salt!); sunlight or moonlight; smudging with smoke (typically sage), etc. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
African Gold Pyrites can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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These African Gold Pyrites were mined and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful African Gold Pyrite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single tumbled African Gold Pyrite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each African Gold Pyrite measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth, chunky, and free of chips with a visually pleasing pattern of golden Pyrite with black Agate crackles. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their unique appearance and clean energies, these tumbled African Gold Pyrites are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
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