Pyrite

 

 

 

Pyrite Characteristics

The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, is an iron sulfide. Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek πυρίτης (pyritēs), “of fire” or “in fire”. In ancient Roman times, this name was applied to several types of stone that would create sparks when struck against steel.

The only authorized seller of Huanzala Pyrite from Peru

Since January 2020 Gemrock Peru S.A.C. has the permanent exclusive rights for the extraction and global sale of Pyrite from the famous Huanzala mine in the Huallanca District, Áncash, Peru.

Our Crystal Qualities

Massive Pyrite

“Massive pyrite” in fact is the interior of big brocken Pyrite cubes. The cubic pyrite crystals are grown masses that have no druses inside. They are sold from minimum sizes of 3 cm diameter that compare to a small Peruvian lemon. Massive Pyrite is comparatively rare and therefore sold at higher prices than pyrite with druses and small crystals.

Quinoa pyrite and Chispa pyrite

Pyrite with many druses and covered in smallest crystals. Quino pyrite shows 1 mm big crystals. Chispa has a mayority of crystals in the 1-3 mm size range. 

Highlighted spark (Chispa realtada)

Pyrite with many druses and covered in small crystals of an average size of 3 to 6 mm (comparatively the size of a rice grain).

Regular cocada

Pyrite with many druses and showing a high numberof  crystals of an average size of 6mm to 1 cm. Not all the crystals on the rock have to have this size. Many times bigger crystals are surrounded by crystals the size of spark or highlighted spark.

First class cocada

Pyrite with many druses and covered in crystals of an average size of 8mm to 1.5 cm.

Cubes

Crystal size 2 a 5 cm. This size class and higher is commonly sold as crystal collectors piece.

Master Cabochon made from Pyrite 2
Master Cabochon made from Pyrite
Bauhaus Style pendant made from Sterling silver and Pyrite Crystal
Sterling silver ring with Pyrite crystal
Sterling silver ring with Pyrite crystal
Pyrite sticker earring
Bauhaus Style pendant made from Sterling silver and Pyrite Crystal
Sterling silver ring with Pyrite crystal
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
Pyrite worry stone
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
Pyrite worry stone
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
Pyrite moon
Pyrite tumbled
Pyrite moon
Master Cabochon made from Pyrite 2
Bauhaus Style pendant made from Sterling silver and Pyrite Crystal
Sterling silver ring with Pyrite crystal
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
Pyrite worry stone
Pyrite tumbled
Master Cabochon made from Pyrite
Bauhaus Style pendant made from Sterling silver and Pyrite Crystal
Sterling silver ring with Pyrite crystal
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
beautifull hand-made pyrite cluster sphere stand
Pyrite moon

Be cautious: There are Peruvian companies mixing Pyrite from Trujillo province with real Huanzala pyrite and then sell the entire lot as Huanzala pyrite.

Pyrite from Trujillo has a very high content of arsenic and is a toxic material, that may put the health of your clients at risk.

At first glance, objects made from Trujillo pyrite may look the same as Huanzala pyrite. However, you can easily distinguish both: Have a look at unpolished parts. While Huanzala pyrite has a clean golden color, Trujillo pyrite shows black patches.

After just a few months, the shine of the polished Trujillo pyrite will disappear and the material will blacken. This material is not only a danger to health it will also lead to complaints from your clients and damage your companies’ image.

We advise you to work only with recommended dealers of serious companies. Gemrock Peru is the only authorized dealer for Huanzala Pyrite and can provide certificates of origin if requested. All other Huanzala Pyrite has been extracted illegally from the mine. We are happy to provide you with information if a dealer offering you Huanzala Pyrite is one of our clients.

Products made with pyrite

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