July 05, 2011

obsessed.: Pyrite


I've long had a thing for rocks and gemstones, but lately I've been really obsessed. with pyrite, or fool's gold.
The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide with the formula FeS2. This mineral's metallic luster and pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool's gold because of its resemblance to gold. The color has also led to the nicknames brass, brazzle and Brazil, primarily used to refer to pyrite found in coal.
This is what a lump of pyrite looks like, when it's been polished a little:

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Definitely a lot more crystalline than gold.

It also grows in near-perfect cube shapes, like so:

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Nature really is amazing.

I've run across some really lovely pyrite jewelry lately, thanks to the lovely people on Pinterest.

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So pretty!

2 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful!!! I love rocks and gemstones too! When my wife picked out my engagement ring - which I love so much, I've kept as my wedding ring - she picked one with three tanzanite gems surrounded by little diamonds. ^_^ Tanzanite because it's rare and unique, like me, she said! And three of them for our Past, Present and Future. ^_^ It's white gold.

    I also have a lovely pentagram necklace with an amethyst in the middle! Also from her!

    I'm Wiccan, so I often visit our local Wiccan/New Age shop and they have a TON of rocks, gems and info on both. I have quite a few on my desk, plus random rocks I've found out in nature. ^_^

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  2. Angie-Very cool! I bet that ring is gorgeous.

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