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Formation and History of Pyrite

Not all that glitters is gold, sometimes it’s Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold. Pyrite is an iron sulfide mineral that has a brassy metallic sheen. It is the most abundant sulfide mineral in the world and is commonly found in many different environments and in many different geological formations. Pyrite can be found in enormous deposits in Peru as well as the United States and much of Italy and Spain, but those are not the only places. The name is derived from the Greek word πυρίτης (pyritēs), meaning “of fire” or “in fire” because when it is struck against other metal with intense force it creates sparks. The Greek word pyr was used in ancient times for all minerals that emitted sparks. 

One of the oldest and finest preserved human mummies ever found was in 1991 of a man on the border of Italy and Austria near the Otzal Alps. It is believed he lived some 5,300 years ago and was nicknamed Otzi. He was found with possessions of a flint knife and pyrite and flint pieces which were considered the key elements for early fire making. Although anthropologists learned a lot from Otzi, he surely wasn’t the first to discover pyrite and flint fire making abilities. Anthropologists believe flint and pyrite was being used for fire making between 250,000 to 700,000 years ago.

Legends of the Stone of Fire

Due to Pyrite being an abundant mineral that can be accessed all around the world, it was used in many different ways within different cultures. Native Americans believed that Pyrite possessed true magic and had various healing properties. Pyrite was used in medicinal practices and was believed to cleanse the oxygen within the blood which was thought to help the circulatory system. It was also used in meditation and ceremonial purposes. 

The Incas were also known to polish large slabs of pyrite to use for scrying. The large slabs were polished into such a sheen that it had a mirror like finish and used as the tool to aid in seeing into the future. In France, during the Napoleonic wars, women sacrificed their gold jewelry to the armies  and in return were given a piece of pyrite. The women would then wear these pieces as talismans that symbolized courage and bravery.

Metaphysical Properties

In China during the early practices of Feng Shui, Pyrite was believed to promote prosperity. They would place pyrite figurines near the corners of their home to encourage the flow of money and aid in bringing wealth. This has led to the belief that Pyrite brings good luck and fortune to the wearer. It is also a stone of intellect, said to promote intelligence, enhance mental stability through logic, analysis, creativity, and memory. It is also thought to aid in psychic development. 

Wear ‘fool’s gold’ proudly and who knows, it may spark up a conversation. In our jewelry designs, we have both pyrite in its rough and raw form, like the Rough Around the Edges Pyrite Adjustable Ring and the Of Fire Front Back Earrings. We also designed polished pyrite styles like the On Point Mini Hoops in Sterling Silver or the Pyrite’s Point Ring. You can even receive your very own piece of Fool’s Gold within the Crystal Curation or Dark Crystal Set. Add Pyrite into your jewelry box- it only takes a spark to light a fire within you.