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Iron pyrites

Pyrites IPI
Pyrites IPI

The name pyrite is derived from the Greek (pyritēs lithos), ‘stone which strikes fire. However, it is more commonly known as “fools gold” due to its resemblance to gold.

The Greek reference to “stone which strikes fire” is based on its use to create fire by striking pyrites against steel to create a spark.  Early wheel lock firearms used Pyrites for the same purpose to ignite gunpowder.

Marcasite jewellery which peaked in popularity during the Victorian era, is made from small, faceted pieces of pyrite, often set in silver. Whilst called marcasite jewellery, it 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 your aura. It is believed that this protection extends into the body preventing diseases and is capable of repairing RNA and DNA.

Stimulating the second and third chakras, pyrite enhances strength of mind and willpower. Pyrite is considered to be lucky, attracting wealth and abundance. Though not a birthstone, pyrite is most commonly associated with the zodiac sign of Leo.

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