Enjoy wonderful abundance in all areas of your life.
Let go of fears and have confidence in yourself.
Feel recharged and full of energy and enthusiasm.
Be in alignment with whatever makes your soul happy.
Let Pyrite spark your imagination!
Healing Properties of Pyrite
Spiritual: Pyrite is a stone for self-realization and the quest for enlightenment in this life. It asks us to take action for our spiritual ideals and to live with great integrity. It offers us gifts of strength and will-power to overcome struggles. Pyrite balances polarities and reveals to us our Light and Dark sides so that they can be accepted and integrated. It is also a fantastic stone for attracting abundance and prosperity on all levels. 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: Pyrite evokes courage and strength in order to face our emotional demons and release any negative energy, particularly fear, that is caught in our emotional bodies. It is a protective stone whose primary purpose is to help us gain a more joyful and fulfilling life. Pyrite increases self-confidence and encourages us to be more extroverted and social. Its happy and energetic vibration teaches us to love with everything in us, both giving and receiving with equal pleasure.
Mental: Pyrite helps to reveal the reason why situations develop and what we can do about them. It encourages us to be willing to take more initiative and ownership over our lives. Pyrite also reveals hidden memories trapped in our subconsciousness and brings them to the surface so that we can properly assess them. This stone has a very soothing energy for the mind, promising us that we are safe and fully capable of handling anything that life throws at us.
Physical: 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. 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.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
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 Pyrite
Pyrite was not included as a distinct mineral in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, archaeological evidence reveals that humans have valued Pyrite for millennia, and small pieces have been found in numerous prehistoric burial sites. Pyrite’s name comes from the Greek word pyr, meaning fire because when struck with iron, Pyrite will emit sparks.
The earliest lapidary reference to Pyrite is from the Roman Era, courtesy of Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79), a Roman author, naturalist, and philosopher. In his Natural History of Metals, Pliny the Elder describes several different types of stone that emit sparks when struck against steel, all collectively known as “Pyrite.” One of these was brass colored and is almost certainly the specific stone that is today called Pyrite.
During the Mesoamerican Classic period (CE 250-900), both the Mayans and the Aztecs used Pyrite to create elegant mirrors. Generally Pyrite mirrors were mosaics made of small pieces of Pyrite that were cut to fit closely together and then attached to a slate backing. Such mirrors were beautifully crafted and generally circular in shape. Unfortunately, few of these mirrors have survived intact, due to Pyrite oxidization over time. As a result, most of these ancient mirrors have been reduced to a circular piece of slate with a red or yellow stain.
Most Pyrite mirrors were used as part of the ceremonial dress of priests and noblemen, typically worn on the back or belt. Larger mosaic mirrors were placed in temples or royal tombs. Pyrite mirrors likely symbolized noble or kingly lineage. This is inferred based on the fact that the Mayan god K’awiil was closely associated with mirrors and divine kingship.
Today Pyrite has lost much of its glamour and is often dismissed as “Fool’s Gold.” The nickname refers to a common mishap during 19th century gold rushes in which uneducated miners believed they had struck gold when they had in fact found a cache of Pyrite. While both Pyrite and Gold can share a strikingly similar color, the easiest way to differentiate them is by their natural shape. Gold has an irregular shape while Pyrite forms in cubes and multifaceted crystals.
Photos: Pyrite Mirror
Ethically Sourced Pyrite
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Export/Import company are located in the same country.
This Pyrite is from a small mine in Peru.
The exact deposit is unknown, but it most likely caused only minor environmental damage
Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Pyrite was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.
The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.
It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Safe Handling of Pyrite
Pyrite Tumbled Stone
Color: Gold. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1.5 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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