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Pyrite was first discovered in the year 1432 by Dr. Johnathan Jacob. Its name derives from the Greek word "pyr" which translates to "fire." This is in reference to the way it creates sparks when struck by steel. Pyrite is also known as "fool’s gold" this is due the minerals golden shade along with its metallic luster that is the reason for the common mistake of Pyrite to Gold. However, the two can be easily distinguished. On one hand Gold is said to be soft but will either dent or bend with added pin pressure, while Pyrite is much more brittle and thinner so when pin pressure is added it will break. Even though Pyrite is dubbed "fool’s gold," Pyrite has been often time found associated with small quantities of actual Gold.
Pyrite can come from various locations around the world. It can come from China, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Kazakhstan. Pyrite can be found in select states located within the United States. These states are Montana, Colorado, Vermont, Illinois, Washington, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
In the metaphysical world, Pyrite is believed to bring abundance and success along with aiding in the ability to unblock creativity. Pyrite is also said to possess the ability to encourage feelings of strength as well as promoting leadership qualities.