Virtues in lithotherapy, characteristics and history


Pyrite , also called fool's gold, sulphide iron or hepatopyrite, is a naturally cubic stone with a metallic and opaque golden luster.

Pyrite acts mainly at the heart chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit. It is a stone that structures without limiting, it does not create blockages.

It is a fine stone (formerly semi-precious stone but this name is now prohibited).

Characteristics of pyrite

Main deposits
Spain, Italy, Peru
Yellow to golden brown, metallic appearance
Hardness (Mohs scale)
6-6.5: scratchable with file and sand
Chemical composition
Iron disulphide: FeS 2

crystal system



Heart chakra (fourth chakra, "Anahata")

Trace elements

Iron, Sulfur

Astrological signs

Libra, Leo

Purification and Recharging

Purify Pyrite

Refill Pyrite

Pyrite does not tolerate salt . It must therefore be purified with pure water only.

To do this, simply soak your stone in pure water for about 4 to 5 hours .

You can also use the indirect pure salt purification method

Pyrite recharges in sunlight .

To recharge it, you can leave your stone for 2 to 3 hours in a bright room .

Be careful not to leave your stone exposed to direct sunlight.

You can also recharge your pyrite on a cluster of rock crystal .

Recharging on rock crystal takes about 1 hour and can be done day or night.



On an emotional level

Pyrite is a very concrete and structuring stone but never blocking : it offers a lot of rigor to its wearer, whether emotional or spiritual, but without ever limiting it in its creativity .

It is also a stone that allows you to acquire a sense of organization .

Pyrite also acts on memory and helps you to implement your intellectual faculties while stimulating your creativity .

raw cubic pyrite
raw cubic pyrite

On a physical level

Pyrite contains a lot of iron, a trace element that helps fight anemia .

It is also very useful in support when you have congested bronchi .

On a spiritual level

Pyrite is widely used in divination because it has the ability to focus energy and keep it grounded .

COLOR Properties


Yellow is the color of the sun and heat , so it is the color of what we send back to the world around us.

This color allows us to shine and helps to stimulate our development , to communicate who we are .

Yellow communicates its dynamism , joy and gaiety to us, it is a color that illuminates us and puts us forward .

It is also the color of intellect and genius . It has mind structuring and memory development properties.

History & traditions

The name pyrite is said to have been used for the first time in the year 50, by Pedanius Dioscorides. She was noticed thanks to the sparks she produced when shocked. The term Pyrite derives from the Greek pyrítēs ( lithos ), fire stone.

Pyrite was used as early as the Upper Paleolithic to produce fire by percussion, which causes a combustion reaction between the iron and the sulfur it contains.

Like chalcopyrite, it was called "fool's gold" during the gold rushes of the 19th century because miners confused it with gold, because of its color.

Since pyrite was not distinguished from its polymorph marcasite (or marcasite) - same chemical composition but different crystalline system - until 1814, it is impossible to distinguish the uses of the two stones before this date.

Pyrite beads have been found in Egypt and Iran in homes and tombs.

The Greeks and Romans used pyrite to make amulets and jewelry.

Pyrite also appears in the Pharmacopoeia of Shennong, AD 100-180, as a mineral remedy in China.

The Incas used it to make decorative mosaics, jewelry and polished plates which they used as a mirror. Pyrite was also used for funeral and religious ceremonies. Native Americans used it to make amulets.

In the Hindu tradition, pyrite is the golden reed of Vishvakarma , the architect of the Universe.

In French folklore, we celebrate the wedding of iron, the main component of pyrite , after 41 years of marriage.

Lithotherapy is an alternative energy therapy, the indications given do not in any way constitute medical advice, they are taken from cultures and reference works in the field. For any medical problem we invite you to consult your doctor. Never stop treatment without medical advice.

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  • Christine

    Je porte cette pierre ( pyrite ) depuis 1 semaines
    Et depuis je me sens pas bien est ce normal

  • Diane

    Merci beaucoup pour les bons renseignements. Exactement ce dont j’avais besoin. Belle coincidence encore une fois dans ma vie.
    Merci et bonne journée.

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