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 crystallized 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.
Pyrite is used in the production of sulfur dioxide which has use in such applications such as paper. A new commercial use for Pyrite is electrodes for use in non-rechargeable lithium batteries. Pyrite was also used in making marcasite jewelry and was popular during the Victorian era.
Pyrite is a powerful protection stone which shields and protects against all forms of negative vibrations and/or energy, working on the physical, etheric, and emotional levels. It stimulates the intellect and enhances memory, helping to recall relevant information when needed. Pyrite is known as the Stone of Protection and Positive Energy.