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  • Locations: Japan, the United States (Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, California), Canada, Italy, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Russia, and Peru.
  • Color: brassy yellow; can also be dyed blue, green, and red
  • Name Origin: The name "pyrite" is after the Greek "pyrites lithos" meaning "the stone which strikes fire." When pyrite is struck against metal or another hard material it creates sparks that can be used to start a fire. Pyrite is also known as fool's gold, as both have a brassy yellow coloring.
  • History/Lore: First reported around 50AD. Pyrite was used in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in firearms.
  • Properties: Pyrite is a good stone for promoting positive thinking and boosting energy levels. The vibrations from pyrite can help you overcome bad habits by strengthening your willpower.
  • Hardness: 6.0 to 6.5
  • Chemical Composition: Iron Sulfide
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