The name of this mineral comes from the Greek words "pyr" and "pyrites", which mean "fire" and "sparkling" respectively. The name comes from the fact that pyrite, when struck by flint, produces sparks.
In alternative medicine, it is believed to support immunity, potency and fertility. It is believed to relieve anxiety and effectively affect the nervous system. It especially supports people who struggle with diabetes, high cholesterol and liver disorders.
In esotericism it is called the stone of independence and is especially intended to support artists of all kinds. It combines the masculine and feminine elements which helps to balance Yin and Yang in the person wearing the pyrite. It is a perfect gift for students, because pyrite increases concentration, improves memory and facilitates analytical thinking.
The history of fools' gold
Referring to pyrite as fool's gold is known to most of us, it is less popular to call it cat gold. Pyrite was sometimes found in the form of the so-called suns or pyrite dollars. These are radiant aggregates of the mineral found exclusively in the territory of the United States. In the old days, the Indians used these "dollars" as a semi-currency in trade. The ancient Greeks used pyrite to make amulets to ward off evil. The Americans, in turn, polished large sheets of pyrite and used them as mirrors.
Pyrite- not necessarily for the sensitive
Pyrite creates incredibly regular cubes, octahedrons, and even dodecahedrons! It is found in most types of rock as well as in hard coal. On the Mohs scale, it has an index of 6-6.5. This mineral weathers quickly. Under the influence of oxygen and moisture, its surface becomes dull or rusted.
People with very sensitive skin should pay special attention to pyrite jewelry. On contact with the slightly acidic pH of the skin, pyrite may release small amounts of sulfur and iron compounds, which may irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions.
Due to their raw nature and tendency to tarnish, pyrites are a perfect addition for those who are not fans of classic trinkets. Additionally, they are a good element of men's jewelry.