Chemical Formula: Iron disulfide, or FeS2
Common Impurities: Ni, Co, As, Cu, Zn, Ag, Au, Tl, Se, V
Crystal System: Isometric; predominantly in cubes and pyritohedrons with parallel striations on faces, less commonly in octahedrons; also in nodules and massive forms; fine to course granular, fibrous, mamillary, stalactitic.
Similar Species: Chalcopyrite, pyrrhorite, arsenopyrite (toxic)
Mohs Hardness: 6 to 6.5
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Candle Colors: Gold or silver
Associated Fragrances: Copal, frankincense, ginger
Zodiac: Aries, Leo
Name origin: Named in antiquity from the word "pyr" or fire. Striking with steel will produce sparks.
Locales: Spain, Peru, Italy, Germany, Australia, France, United States (not a comprehensive list as pyrite can be found almost everywhere in the world).