Almost 700 grams of pure sparkle, the isometric or cube-shaped crystals that cover this pyrite mineral sparkle like a Christmas tree as they reflect light at almost every angle.
Although the crystal habit of pyrite can vary, cube-shaped crystals are amongst the most common in this brassy yellow coloured mineral. Popular with younger mineral collectors because of its similarity to gold, pyrite is relatively common and can be found in small quantities in a wide variety of geological environments.
The nickname Fool's Gold has long been associated with pyrite but there's several characteristics that make it easy to tell one from the other. Pyrite which is an iron sulphide mineral (chemical compound of iron and sulphide) is much harder but also brittle so if struck will shatter into many pieces. Gold on the other hand is relatively soft and malleable so can be easily stretched and shaped without being damaged.
Despite both having a brassy yellow metallic colour, pyrite is rarely as yellow as gold. It's not uncommon for pyrite to contain small amounts of gold and the two minerals often form under similar conditions. They can even occur within the same rocks.
Pyrite was widely used by Native Americans who polished the shiny crystal faces to use as mirrors. They also believed when used as a mirror it would enable you to look deep into your soul.
This large and solid pyrite cluster would make an exceptional display piece and one that's sure to attract plenty of attention.