The word Pyrite comes from the Greek word for "fire" because it sparks when hit against rocks or steel.
|Pyrite in Fossilized Ammonite|
Pyrite has the same chemical structure as Marcasite, although it forms different crystals and therefore is considered a different mineral. Often, Marcasite jewelry is actually made with Pyrite.
Pyrite can be found in many forms: in cubes, "dollars" (radiating flat
Metaphysically, Pyrite is considered a protective mineral, and shields the wearer from negative energies while inviting prosperity and happiness! In Fung-Shui, pyrite attracts wealth and abundance and positive energy when placed in the home or office.
There are many pyrite beads that are coated with gold or silver or other colors, including rainbow colors, that can be found on Etsy and elsewhere. Many of these coatings are actually paint and it will scratch or even wash off. Please be aware that these are called "coated" as opposed to plated. The honest sellers will refer to these beads as "silver colored" or "copper colored" etc. Personally, the beautiful and natural brassy look of "raw" Pyrite is the best.