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pyrite - a fool's gold

rutilated quartz and pyrite choker

compositioniron sulfide, a form of marcasite
name sourcefrom a Greek word pyr, meaning "a stone which strikes fire" (referencing the spark produced when a lump of pyrite strikes iron)
other accepted namesiron pyrite
historical aliases"fool's gold"
color brassy yellow
significant sourcesBolivia, Spain, USA (IL, MO) and many other countries
MOH scale6 - 6.5
care and treatmentWash in warm soapy (non-detergent) water.