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Magnetite & Pyrite

Magnetite and Pyrite is a semi precious gemstone that makes very elegant black and gold designer cabochons.  The gold Pyrite in a black Magnetite is from the Chino Mine in New Mexico.

Pyrite is the classic "Fool's Gold". There are other shiny brassy yellow minerals, but pyrite is by far the most common and the most often mistaken for gold.  It is so common in the earth's crust that it is found in almost every possible environment, hence it has a vast number of forms and varieties.

Magnetite is one of the three naturally occuring iron oxides.  Magnetite was named for Magnes, a Greek shepherd, who discovered the mineral on Mt, Ida. He noted that the nails of his shoe and the iron ferrule of his staff clung to a rock.

Magnetite & Pyrite is referred to as "Healer's Gold" in the metaphysical world, it is believed these gemstone designer cabochons renew your energy!