Marcasite Gemstone Properties

Design Possibilities

Dark, rugged-looking, grey-black pyrite/marcasite has a multiple personality. In gemstones, unlike in people, that can be very desirable. Sometimes called marcasite, and sometimes called pyrite, the two are so related they have the same chemical formula, though pyrite has a different crystal system. The name marcasite, in fact, is believed to come from the Arabic word for pyrite. Pyrite is often referred to as "fool's gold" because of its gold sparkle. You may think these beads look a little somber, but mixed with other gemstones, they're like a chameleon that retains its interesting shape while it blends with things around it. These bead chunks can add variety to "ho hum" round or button shapes. They can enhance red cinnabar, natural bone or beads and stations from orange carnelian without calling attention to themselves. And if you want an all out masculine look, inundate the jewelry you're creating with pyrite/marcasite, and you've got it.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

If pyrite/marcasite were a human being, it would be a tall, serious man in boots and a large brimmed hat. When he came into a room, everyone would stop what they were doing. When he spoke, he'd take off his hat and bow his head to each person present. He'd speak about two things: respect and responsibility. He'd say, "We're all here to help each other." Then he'd put on his hat and gloves and get to work making that place a better place today so the larger world would be a better place tomorrow.

Mineral Information Iron sulfide
Chemical Composition FeS2
Color Grey-black with a black matrix
Hardness 6 - 6-1/2
Specific Gravity 4.8-5.2
Refractive Index over 1.81

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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