Healing Properties of Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
Pyrite strengthens and activates the third chakra, the seat of the will. The result is increased confidence, assertiveness, creativity, and the ability to do what it takes to create what you want.
Pyrite activates warrior energy, supporting assertive action to protect loved ones, community, and the Earth. It also supports masculine sexuality, ambition, mental focus, decisiveness, physical stamina, and vitality.
It is used as a manifestation stone due to its support for taking action to create your dreams and goals. As an earth stone it is grounding and can be used alongside hematite for this purpose.
Pyrite (Fool’s Gold) as a Gemstone
Pyrite is an iron sulfide also known as “fool’s gold” due to its superficial resemblance to gold and it being much more common. The name pyrite comes from the greek word for fire, because you can produce a spark when hitting two pieces of pyrite together, or striking it against steel. Pyrite is used in industry to produce sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid. It is also sometimes used as a component in lithium batteries. Historically it has been used in radios and inside early firearms, and in ancient times it was polished to use as a mirror. It is also sometimes found as a replacement mineral in fossils. It forms into various crystal shapes, including strikingly large cubes. It is found all over the world, but larger and more prized specimens have been found in Bolivia, Spain, Italy, and Germany.
Pyrite was used in marcasite jewelry, as it is similar to marcasite but more durable. Marcasite jewelry consists of small pieces of pyrite set into silver, and has been made since ancient Greece. It enjoyed a period of popularity in the Victorian era, and today’s marcasite jewelry tends to replicate these designs for a “vintage” look.
Pyrite can be used alone in jewelry, but it can also be found as inclusions inside other gemstones such as lapis lazuli.