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Pyrite

Pyrite is an opaque yellow mineral with a metallic luster. Its cubic crystal system is evident in its outward appearance and specimens are often cube-shaped.

Pyrite.

Gemological Information for Pyrite

  
Color:Metallic Yellow to Gold or Bronze
Crystal Structure:Cubic
Refractive Index:Over the Limits (>1.81)
Durability:Good
Hardness:6.0 to 6.5
Family:
Similar Stones:Gold (Color Only)
Treatments:None
Country of Origin:United States, Brazil, Peru

Pyrite Care

  
Ultrasonic Cleaning:Safe
Steam Cleaning:Safe
Warm Soapy Water:Safe
Chemical Attack:Nitric Acid Will Dissolve Pyrite, Can Tarnish Over Time
Light Sensitivity:None
Heat Sensitivity:Fuses Under Torch