Physical: Pyrite, also known as "fool's gold," is a mineral composed of iron sulfide. It is usually found in cubic or octahedral crystal forms and has a metallic luster that resembles gold, hence its nickname. It is often found in sedimentary rocks, such as coal, shale, and limestone, and can be found all around the world, though it is mostly mined in India. In addition to its use as a decorative mineral, Pyrite has a variety of practical applications. It is sometimes used as a source of sulfur in the production of sulfuric acid, a vital industrial chemical. It is also used in the production of iron and steel, as well as in the manufacture of electronic components. It is often used in jewellery and decorative objects due to its metallic sheen and unique appearance. However, it is a relatively brittle mineral, with a Moh’s Hardness of 6-6.5, and is not suitable for daily wear as it can easily scratch or break.
Fun fact: The name comes from the Greek word pyr, meaning “fire,” because pyrite emits sparks when struck by metal. Nodules of pyrite have been found in prehistoric burial mounds, which suggests their use as a means of producing fire!
Metaphysical: Pyrite is very helpful to the Solar Plexus Chakra, meaning that it has the power to increase strength, willpower, energy, and self-confidence. It can promote wealth, abundance, prosperity, and success in the lives of those who use it. On top of all of this, it enhances general wellbeing and health. Try Pyrite to obtain both the feelings and results of prosperity!