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Pyrite Meaning & Info

Canadian Pyrite in Matrix

If you are looking to learn more about the properties of, and pyrite meaning then read on! I'll also cover what pyrite looks like including its various formations, and a bit more on its history.

What does Pyrite look like?

Pyrite is an opaque iron sulfate mineral that is easily identifiable because of its metallic, brassy-yellow coloration and cubic structure. Pyrite forms in cubes and can range from being one large cube to hundreds of small cubes in one stone. Pyrite is typically sold in its raw, cubic form, which may look dull and tarnished until polished. Even when the stone is tumbled, it will have many holes or divots in it. Because of pyrite’s grown patterns it is often a very sparkly crystal even in its more chunky formation.

Pyrite’s shiny yellow appearance may make someone unfamiliar with the stone think that they have struck gold. Because this is so common, Pyrite has been given the nickname “fools gold.” The name “Pyrite” is Greek for “stone or mineral which strikes fire.” In the 16th and 17th centuries, Pyrite was used as a source of ignition in firearms.  People can often also call it Iron Pyrite. 

Raw Pyrite Chunks in Jars

You can also identify Pyrite by the greenish-black streaks it leaves behind when scraping an object harder than it.

Pyrite is also often a stone that is mixed in with many other stones such as Serpentine, Rhodonite, Bloodstone, Lapis and many more.  You can sometimes see full cubes in the formation and sometimes it is just small flecks.

Pyrite Meaning

Pyrite is believed to have many mental healing abilities and is said to boost your self-esteem, provide self-assurance, strengthen the owner’s will, overcome temptations, and become more optimistic. This stone is very popular amongst those that practice feng shui. These individuals wear pyrite and carry it or place it in their homes because it attracts wealth. 

Indian Pyrite is typically more polished with black veins.More about Pyrite

This stone is a 6-6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, is heavy and cold to the touch.

There are two very similar looking crystals that are often mistaken with Pyrite.  Chalcopyrite is also an iron sulfate, but their chemical composition is different.  Chalcopyrite will typically have a natural iridescent (or mix of colors) appearance. It can vary from a subtle coloring to a very vibrant color as is the case with Reynold's chalcopyrite and the ones from Mexico that often take on the name 'peacock ore' due to their coloring. 

Serpentine is just example of stones that often contain Pyrite!

Marcasite is also very similar, but has a different internal crystalline structure to it. It also tends to form differently in visual appearance. You may remember marcasite from vintage jewelry like lockets that appeared to be a brassy color.


Chakra: Solar Plexus

Pyrite Localities: Italy, China, Netherlands, Canada, Russia, Peru, Austria, Turkey, Spain, and Pakistan



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