Pyrite is commonly known as Fools Gold, due to its metallic brassy colour. It gets its name from the Greek Pyr, which means fire; due to the fact that it emits sparks when struck by iron. For this reason, it has been used since ancient times as a fire starting crystal. It has also been popular in jewellery for thousands of years due to its pretty, golden appearance. Pyrite can be found in a few different crystal forms; multi sided golden clusters commonly called Chispas; flat crystal forms called Pyrite Suns or Dollars; and beautiful golden cubes most commonly found in Navajun, Spain.

Alternative Names Fools Gold
Colour Gold, Metallic
Hardness 6 - 6.5
Crystal system Isometric
Streak Greenish Black
Lustre Metallic
Main Locations USA, Spain, UK, Peru, Italy, China
Chakra Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral, Root
Zodiac Leo
Numerology 3
Planetary Mars
Element Earth