Over the course of the past decade that I have been handcrafting natural stone jewelry, certain materials have become the workhorses of my designs because of their versatile coloring. A recent favorite that I make sure to keep on hand is the metallic mineral pyrite, more commonly referred to as fool’s gold due to its superficial resemblance to gold. Pyrite’s yellowish brassy color has an undertone of cool steel gray, so it complements both gold and silver while adding an elegant touch of bling when necessary.
The name pyrite comes from the Greek for “fire” because it produces a spark when hit with metal or another mineral. Used as a source of ignition in early firearms, this very common mineral has many industrial uses today. To those with an artistic eye, Pyrite’s cuboid crystal habit creates exquisite specimens that resemble modern sculptures.
Please consider the following one-of-a-kind pieces that include pyrite. They might just come in handy if you ever need a spark.