Color(s): Brass-yellow in color, metallic, often tarnished with a film of iron oxide
Mineral Information: Iron Disulfide, often with substantial amounts of nickel and cobalt
Chemical Make-up: Fe2+S2
Hardness: 6 – 6 1/2
Where they are found: Localities in the U.S. include Utah, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Peru & Spain
About Stone: Crystal formation varies, isometric in cubes and pyritohedrons, rarely as octohedrons. Also granular, massive, fibrous, stalactitic, and mammillary. Pyrite is found in many different rocks, and in hydro-thermal veins. Commonly known as “fool’s gold.”
Zodiac Association: Leo
Metaphysical Properties: A unique protector, drawing energy from the Earth through the physical body and into the aura creating a defensive shield against negative energies, environmental pollutants, emotional attack and physical harm. Supports one with a spirit of boldness and assertive action when protecting others. Enhances will power and the ability to see behind facades to what is real.