Pyrite – A gold substitute

Pyrite (Iron sulfide) is a type of mineral that resembles gold in its color, and is often found crystallized as cubes, masses, or grains. Pyrite is a very common mineral and you can often see tiny flecks of it in stream gravel. It is also a common replacement mineral, and therefore occurs in many formations. The hardness of pyrite is about 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale.

Historically, pyrite has often been called Fool’s Gold, perhaps giving the impression that it is worthless, but don’t be fooled; it has many splendid properties! Pyrite is often placed at home entrances to defend against negative energy and placed at certain corners to enhance luck. It is also placed on office desktops to stimulate intellect and communication.

pyrite cluster

A pyrite cluster that I own. Here, you can see some clearly defined pyrite crystals, and the rest have fused together.

pyrite cluster close up

Here is a closer view of the pyrite cluster, where the dodecahedron-shaped crystals are noticeable. Dodecahedron crystals are rarer compared to cuboid crystals.

Pyrite is ideal for people who cannot use crystals for some reason. Being a metal compound, pyrite represents the metallic element, which is not quite the same as the earthly element being represented by crystals (There are 5 elements in Eastern philosophy – earth, metal, wood, fire, water). Also, being a shiny golden color, pyrite instantly associates itself with abundance, wealth, and good fortune, which gold invokes.

PyriteGazing at pyrite helps to alleviate gloomy feelings and imbue you with a sunny disposition. It is believed to enhance the powers of logic and memory as well. Its color corresponds with the crown chakra, thus possessing a quality that encourages one to pursue perfection and excellence in all ones endeavors, and is especially suitable for those born under the Fire signs (Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius) or those that naturally gravitate towards golden colors. It also has a defensive quality to it, and can help to protect against hazards and dangers, both in the physical and spiritual realm.

If you can’t afford gold, pyrite is a good substitute for it, but here, do remember one thing – pyrite can tarnish and lose its luster quite easily. It needs to be polished every so often if you care about its appearance, but this is difficult with a cluster (as most pyrite comes in aggregated clusters). To clean tarnished pyrite, soak it outdoors in an acid solution, like vinegar, or use a standard commercial solution and then use a brush to scrub it.

Get some small pyrite nuggets right here.

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