One of the most attractive minerals in the world is Pyrite; unfortunately it is a very common stone and is not that valuable. Pyrite is sometimes called Fool’s Gold and is incorrectly termed Marcasite when mixed with silver. Pyrite has been known to man since ancient times and gets its name from the Greek word Pyr, which means fire.
While Pyrite is an extremely common mineral, it is very attractive. While Pyrite is decently hard, with a score of 6.5 to 7 on Moh’s hardness scale, it can not be used for most types of ornamental jewelry, because it tends to be extremely brittle and will break apart very easily.
However, since Pyrite is not the main mineral used in many ornamental pieces, it can be used sparingly. For instance, many people that are knowledgeable about silver will know Pyrite as the term Marcasite. Marcasite is incorrectly labeled as the mineral, although it is closely associated with Pyrite, only Pyrite is used with silver. Pyrite is also found in small particles in Lapis Lazuli, a wonderful blue stone that sometimes includes specs of Pyrite that increases the value. A fun fact to know is that Pyrite sometimes termed Fool’s Gold is usually found in real gold, because it is also a popular gold ore.
Besides ornamental jewelry, Pyrite has certain other uses including industrial uses such as in the manufacturing of paper and the creation of sulfur gas. Pyrite is an extremely popular mineral and can be found almost everywhere in the world.