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Magnetite & Pyrite

Magnetite and Pyrite, also known as Healer's Gold, is a semi precious gemstone that makes very elegant black and gold designer cabochons.  

This 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 originally called lodestone and it is a very important ore.

Magnetite was named in 1845 by Wilhelm Karl von Haidinger for the locality of Magnesia, Greece.  Pyrite was named from the Greek "pyr" for "fire", because sparks flew from it when hit with another mineral or metal

Magnetite & Pyrite cabochons have a hardness of about 5.5-6.5, but they do not take a high polish.

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