Upon first glance, you might ask “is this real”? Well despite pyrite’s alias, Fool’s Gold, there is nothing foolish or fake about our Pyrite in matrix! This distinctive specimen is from Navajun, located 3 hours northeast of Madrid in the La Rioja region of Spain and it’s approximately 130 million years old. It is completely natural and has not been cut or polished.
Pyrites from this small village is famous for its perfectly lustrous cubic mineral structure. Pyrite is an iron sulfide that has crystalized in a cubic system. Although it is common for many minerals throughout the world to crystallize in a cubic system (for example, salt), it is rare to find near-perfect cubes in the size and radiance that are characteristic of Pyrites from Navajun.