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This is a natural untreated pyrite crystal mined in China.
Weight 68.9 cts
Size 22x 14x13.7 mm app
The mineral pyrite is an iron sulfide . This mineral's metallic lusterand pale-to-normal, brass-yellow hue have earned it the nickname fool's gold due to its resemblance to gold. Pyrite is the most common of the sulfide minerals. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρÎ¯της (puritï¿½“s), “of fire” or "in fire”, from πï¿½ρ (pur), “fire”. This name is likely due to the sparks that result when pyrite is struck against steel or flint. This property made pyrite popular for use in early firearms such as the wheellock.
Pyrite is usually found associated with other sulfides or oxides in quartz veins, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock, as well as in coal beds, and as a replacement mineral in fossils. Despite being nicknamed fool's gold, small quantities of gold are sometimes found associated with pyrite. Gold and arsenic occur as a coupled substitution in the pyrite structure.
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