Pyrite or iron pyrite as it's also known never ceases to amaze and fascinate. Particularly popular with younger rock and mineral collectors, no collection would be complete without it. The name Fool's Gold is also used because of its similarity to gold. The name is said to have come about because pyrite was mistaken for gold during the great American gold rush. We have looked into this story but can find nothing in any factual documentation to support it.
Although these two brassy coloured minerals may at a glance look similar to each other, it's quite easy to tell them apart. The most obvious difference is pyrite is not as yellow as gold and if the two were placed side by side, you'd see the difference immediately.
Another distinguishing difference is pyrite is hard but also brittle. Strike a piece of pyrite with something hard and it will shatter. Do the same to gold and it will just become flatter and flatter.