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!
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
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.
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Safe Handling of Pyrite
Pyrite is a Copper-derived mineral and as such should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “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.
These Pyrites are only partially, not fully, tumbled. As such they can leave a soft grey dust on your hands or clothing when handled.
Pyrite is a sturdy little stone that can be carried around in a typical pocket or medicine bag without chipping. It may, however, chip other, more fragile stones if allowed to bang against them too much.
Pyrite can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
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.
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 Pyrites were mined in Spain 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 Pyrite for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Pyrite or several, depending on your individual needs. Each 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 tumbled into a mostly round shape with pockmarks and will be a beautiful glittery gold color. 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 shiny color and clean energies, these 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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