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Most popularly known as Fool’s Gold, Pyrite does have a very similar appearance to gold without the high price tag. It’s also found in other minerals such as Lapis Lazuli in tiny flecks that enhance the stone’s appearance and value.
Physical Energy Properties: Helps people to stop snoring in their sleep, it also helps with an upset stomach or acid reflux during sleep. Excellent for the respiratory system and in treating asthma and bronchitis. Good for brain health and memory stimulation which makes it great for learning. It can also ease the effects of pollution.
Emotional Energy Properties: Pyrite provides a layer of protection to shield any negativity or ill will. Stimulates the flow of creativity and endless potential. Teaches you how to see things as they really are instead of how you hope them to be. Relieves anxiety and panic attacks, soothes the nervous system. Strengthens confidence and self-worth.
Chakras: Most associated with the Solar Plexus chakra but it also connects with all other chakras too, clearing them and balancing them.
Astrological signs: Associated with Leo and firey energy.
History: The name came from the Greek word pyr which means fire since the stone creates sparks when it’s rubbed against iron. It was even used to start fires throughout history. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Incas used it in their jewelry, and some even used it as a mirror because of its reflective qualities. It’s called fool's gold because beginner gold prospectors often thought that pieces of Pyrite were real gold.
Where it's found: Pyrite is mainly found in the United States, Peru, Chile and Britain.
Variations, Rarity and Value: This is one of the most popularly distributed sulphide minerals. Pyrite rates a 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale which means that it’s pretty brittle stone. Most collectors like flattened pieces of pyrite which are called pyrite suns or pyrite dollars. It’s less yellow in colour than real gold is, with more black and almost a greenish tinge to it. Gold will also leave a yellow streak while pyrite will leave a black stripe. Some pyrite stones contain 0.25% gold or more though which would make these stones more valuable.
How to use it: Wear pyrite in jewelry or put it in a pouch to carry with you for protection. It’s also good to place by your bed for sleep issues.
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