Sunday’s Gem — Pyrite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Nicknamed “Fool’s Gold,” Pyrite is a brassy-gold iron sulfide mineral formed in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks around the world.

Pyrite crystal (thanks to

Its name derives from the Greek pyr or pyros, meaning “fire” because of its ability to start a fire if struck against metal or another hard material.

Pyrite was prized by Native American tribes as a healing stone, polished into mirrors for gazing and divination.  Popular during the Victorian Age as Marcasite jewelry (faceted pieces of Pyrite in silver), it was carved into rosettes, shoe buckles, snuff boxes, and rings. During World War II, it was mined to produce sulfuric acid used in industry.

A masculine crystal containing both Earth and Fire elements, Pyrite is said to help one see what needs to be done while imparting the confidence to do it. In the workplace, it alleviates tiredness, enhances clarity, and helps workers to focus.

Pyrite isn’t terribly expensive, and its uses are many. Wear Pyrite in necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. Meditate with Pyrite prayer beads. Carry a Pyrite worry stone. Place a Pyrite figurine on your desk.

On the physical level, Pyrite is used when every every other avenue has been exhausted. It’s said to ease blood and bone disorders, fungal infections, skin disorders, reduce inflammation, and enhance blood oxygenation. On the emotional level, Pyrite is believed to boost self-esteem and provide healing from anxiety, fear, despair, and worry.

While not a zodiac stone or birthstone, Pyrite is said to be especially beneficial for those born between July 22 and Aug. 22, bringing them energy, power, and success.

Pyrite resonates with the second and third Chakras (sacral and solar plexis), helping us to fight infections and the fear of others’ disapproval. It also boosts intuition and the pleasure of life.

Feng Shui experts prize Pyrite for its ability to attract money and abundance. Often featured in cubes or clusters, its shiny surface brings an optimistic energy to wherever it’s located.

Beautiful for yourself or as a gift, this Pyrite tree is available at for just $29.99.

If using Pyrite for healing, clean it often with mild soap in tepid water and dry thoroughly. A 6-6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10 range), Pyrite can be scratched if rubbed against other stones.

Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!

9 thoughts on “Sunday’s Gem — Pyrite

  1. I had no idea that pyrite was the source of marcasite. I love marcasite jewelry, and used to have a necklace. I have no idea what happened to it. I never wore it, so I may have given it away. I still have one little locket with marcasite that’s more my style: simpler, and willing to pair with sweaters and jeans instead of seeming to need a fancy dress.

    • I like marcasite, too, and have a ring featuring it. Like you said, it’s more my style — simple and goes with most everything I wear. I found myself fascinated by that tree for some reason. Perhaps it’s the glitter!

  2. Debbie, and yet, another VERY fascinating gemstone post! You shared a great deal of information about Pyrite I knew nothing about. For one of the more inexpensive gemstones, it contains a wealth of benefits, doesn’t it?

    “Pyrite is said to help one see what needs to be done while imparting the confidence to do it. In the workplace, it alleviates tiredness, enhances clarity, and helps workers to focus.”

    Had no idea about that!?

    And what an attractive stone it is. It resembles aluminum or steel.

    I can’t believe that Pyrite tree is only $29.99?!?

    Thanks so much for sharing these posts on Sundays, my friend. I really enjoy them!

    Have a superb Sunday! X

    • Ron, I think Pyrite must be pretty popular, especially in the workplace. Anything that has a chance of improving focus and eliminating fatigue seems to be a good thing to me! I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying these gemstone posts, my friend. I’ve learned so much myself from researching these stones, and sharing that information comes natural for me. Enjoy the week ahead! xx

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