Pyrite Beads

Pyrite beads were named from the Greek word, pyrites lithos, which mean `stone which strikes fire,` in allusion to the sparking produced when iron is struck by lump of pyrite. Today, a more familiar nickname is Fool`s Gold due to its composition of iron disulphide providing a pale brass-yellow color and Pyrite`s glistening gold color. Pyrite is mined in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and that’s just the United States. Specimens are found in Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Russia, Germany, Peru and hundreds of other locations. Imagine, one of the ancient uses of this stone was to make fire in the Stone Age.

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