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Iron Pyrite

$6.00 NZD

Iron Pyrite is a lustrous stone that has often been mistaken for gold, but it is actually a type of iron mineral. Also known as fool’s gold, its colour is deceptively similar to that of a gold nugget.


The name comes from the Greek word pyr, “fire,” because pyrite emits sparks when struck by metal. Nodules of pyrite have been found in prehistoric burial mounds, which suggests their use as a means of producing fire.


  • Single piece of iron pyrite
  • Each piece is unique in size and shape and may not match those pictured


Our range from British Fossils includes a fascinating array of minerals, from amethyst to iron pyrite. These bright and colourful pieces are ideal gifts for budding geologists.


Iron Pyrite pieces are also available for purchase in store at Space Place.