RARE + UNIQUE + COLLECTIBLE
Ancient, interesting and rare...this collection of Pyrite in Limestone Matrix is a favorite!! The naturally occurring combination of Pyrite in Limestone Matrix is a natural, rare formation.
Pyrite from mines at Navajun, LaRioja, Spain are unique in the world both for their perfect cubic symmetry and for the gloss and finish of their surfaces. The old inhabitants of these lands were attracted by these surprising metallic stones that may be found in this part of La Rioja and the neighboring Soria. Proof of this are the archeological findings of the nearby celtiberic city of Contrebia Leucade, in Inestrillas, where pieces inserted in the fine frames of the mosaics have been found. Pyrite (whose name comes from the Greek root pyr, fire), also known as fools gold after its misleading yellow gleam, is a sulfide mineral formed under extremely high pressures and temperatures.
Pyrite, also called iron pyrite or fool’s gold, a naturally occurring iron disulfide mineral. The name comes from the Greek word pyr, “fire,” because pyrite emits sparks when struck by metal. Pyrite is called fool’s gold; to the novice its colour is deceptively similar to that of a gold nugget. Nodules of pyrite have been found in prehistoric burial mounds, which suggests their use as a means of producing fire. Wheel-lock guns, in which a spring-driven serrated wheel rotated against a piece of pyrite, were used before development of the flintlock.
Extra Small measures approximately 1.5″ x 1.5″
Small measures approximately 3.5″ x 3.0″
Medium measures approximately 3.5″ x 4.0″
Large measures approximately 4.5″ x 4.0″
Extra Large measures approximately 4.5″ x 5.0″
Why we love this: This ancient formation is a conversation piece wherever we choose to put it on display.... unique and rare, each formation is one-of-a-kind!
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