Chemical Composition: FeS2, Iron Disulfide, often with substantial amounts of nickel and cobalt Hardness: 6 - 6 1/2
Occurrence: Brass-yellow in color, metallic, often tarnished with a film of iron oxide. Crystal formation varies, isometric in cubes and pyritohedrons, rarely as octohedrons. Also granular, massive, fibrous, stalactitic, and mammillary. Pyrite is found in many different rocks, and in hydrothermal veins. Localities in the U.S. include Utah, Illinois, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Large amounts of Pyrite may be found in Peru, and stunning specimens can be found in Spain. Commonly known as "fool's gold."
Metaphysical Properties: Stone of protection. Wards off negative energy and physical danger. Stimulates intellect, enhances memory. Corresponding Astrological sign: Leo Chakra: 3rd Chakra - Solar Plexus, represents physical perfection