Pyrite’s metallic lustre and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known fool’s gold title. Pyrite found in coal is brass, brazzle, and brazil by miners.
The name pyrite is derived from the Greek (pyritēs lithos), ‘stone which strikes fire. In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel.
in the 16th and 17th centuries early firearms, most notably the wheellock, used pyrite to strike the sparks needed to fire the gun.
Marcasite jewellery is made from small faceted pieces of pyrite, often set in silver, was known since ancient times and was very popular in the Victorian era. Marcasite jewellery does not actually contain the mineral marcasite.
Pyrites is often found in fossils where it forms as a replacement material for the original matter.
Though it carries Earth energy, it is typically associated with fire energy traits, resonating with warmth, the sun, vitality and inner power.
Pyrite is an excellent defensive stone it helps keep out negative vibrations and pollutants by creating an energy field within one’s aura. This makes it helpful when performing dangerous work, as it can ward against harm. This protection extends into the body, as this stone is thought to be capable of repairing RNA and DNA, as well as prevent diseases.
Stimulating the second and third chakras, pyrite enhances strength of mind and willpower. Pyrite is also sometimes considered to be lucky, attracting wealth and abundance. Though not a birthstone, pyrite is most commonly associated with the zodiac sign of Leo.