September 10, 2011

Stone Story

It always seems Fall begins as soon as Labor Day is over. We are so excited for some chilly weather to throw on a great sweater, boots and some sparkly fall jewelry!

One of the most popular new stones in our Fall line is Pyrite. It has the same sparkle as black diamond but the casual grey coloring that perfectly matches everything, and manages to make it look even better. Many shoppers ask about our stones, yes they are all from India- but where does prehnite originate? Or does moonstone have any meaning?

We decided to pull together some info on this perfect fall stone ...

Also known as Fool's Gold, for it's gold like appearance when raw.

The name pyrite came from the Greek word for "a stone that struck fire"

It is an Iron sulfide mineral. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used as ignition of firearms, and in the 20th century as a mineral detector in radio receivers.

Marcasite jewelry is made from small faceted pieces of pyrite, and was popular during the Victorian Era.

Its resemblance to gold has given it an associati
on with good luck in wealth.

People also believe it is an energy shield, blocking out n
egativity and feelings of inadequacy, and helping to overcome lethargy and fatigue by increasing oxygen supply in circulation.

It's energy is thought to bring "power" to those with it, whether in jewelry or having it on your desk.

Most pyrite comes from the US, Russia, Sweden, Italy and Peru and is mined in sedimentary, metamorphic and ingenious rock areas.

It can be dangerous to mine pyrite. If it combines with oxygen and water, it becomes sulfuric acid, and sinks into the ground.

1 comment:

  1. Those earrings are incredible gorgeous!!(particularly the pr. 2nd from bottom). Funny that you should be discussing pyrite: I just bought myself a pair of pyrite earrings from an artfair because I loved the way the greenish metallic of the stone went with the gold of the earring. Always ahead of my