Pyrite cubes from the Victoria Mine in Navajun, Spain

I am a rock hound. I love rocks, minerals, and gems of all sort. I've been this way as long as I can remember and when I see one of my kids unload their pocket at the end of the day and it's full of rocks, well, I get a tear in me eye.

In the interest of diversity I'm going to try to post on varied topics and today it's rocks. Well, to be specific it's a mineral, and that mineral is pyrite.

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The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, also known as fool's gold, is an iron sulfide with the chemical formula FeS2 (iron(II) disulfide). And in case you are keeping track, pyrite is considered the most common of the sulfide minerals.

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If you are into precious metals to any degree I would imagine you know about this mineral known as fools gold. Pyrite is called “Fool’s Gold” because it resembles gold to the untrained eye. While pyrite has a brass-yellow color and metallic luster similar to gold, pyrite is brittle and will break rather than bend as gold does. Gold leaves a yellow streak, while pyrite’s streak is brownish black.
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Though they are more rare, the pyrite cubes are 100% natural, so next time someone tries to tells you that squares, cubes or 90° angles don't occur in nature, you know what to tell 'em, PYRITE
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The best cubic crystals of pyrite of the world are extracted from the Minas Victoria in Navajun, Spain Check out this fantastic article all about the mine in Spain.
Here is the museum for the mine.

In the mid 90's I was fortunate enough to attend the biggest gem & mineral show in the world The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
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At that show I picked up the box of 48 pyrite crystals from the Victoria Mine in Spain.
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And since that time I have never seen this many pyrite crystals together in one spot. I have tried to find the value of one of these boxes (though I would not sell these) but I can't even find a picture of one.

So let me know if you are a rock hound like me, I'd love to talk rocks wit you.

Have a great weekend!

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Wow...very cool

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Thanks, @offgridlife. It was fun to get these boys out to play today.

I'm in Portland and trying to go gold mining next weekend. And love chasing cool rocks!

Love it! Keep spreading the love of minerals!

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Oh sweet. Where you goin'(I know, rock hounds don't share their spots)? Love rock hounding too though. Had a great time on the John Day River earlier this summer! Thanks for checking in @ganjafarmer.

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Heading out to the NE side of Washington. Maybe I can get more authorization to talk more about the spot when we get the signs for the mining claim posted and then of course samples.

These are very cool. I had know idea pyrite could be square though I have seen other rocks that formed into sort of square columns.

#thingssummertoothcollects

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Yeah, there are lots of corners in nature, but for some odd reason I've heard more than one person say, "things in nature are not square". WTF?

Pretty cool fool...🤣🤣🤣

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I've wondered how people could tell the difference between pyrite and gold. I have a little better idea now, but I still probably wouldn't know. Throughout my life if I saw it in a creek bed, I just assumed it was pyrite. Who knows, I could have missed out on striking it rich! Or maybe I just had a nice day at the creek. :)

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Corners! And pyrite sunhats as gold is soft and marks easier.

It's easy to tell. Oh and pyrite and steel is a striker and able to get spark to start a fire!

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The rocks I saw never had corners, so I've definitely left a LOT of gold sitting on the ground. My bad. :P

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Lol always keep your eye out. And I threw a fatty nugget away because I couldn't remember. Oh the follies of youth.

And hoping that I can show some natural gold soon! Let alone some silver too!

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The ones I saw were mainly rocks that had flecks of shiny in them. I never figured that someone would just leave a rock with gold on the ground, so I left it as well. Maybe someone came along and scraped the little flecks out and made money. Not sure.

How do you know that your nugget was gold if you threw it away?

I'd love to see some natural gold from you!

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Yeah, back in the gold rush days I'm sure many a man lost his life passing one for the other...Thanks man (name? No!)

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It's a bit confusing. I mean, they look so similar!

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That's a first for that one. Good job. :)

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Well that's why it's called fools gold. And funny thing it's a sign that's a good place to keep looking! Also quartz!

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@stokjockey, glad to hear it, mean a lot coming from you sir!

I must have passed that Spanish mine closely this summer. In Rioja they also make the red wine of Spain called ….Rioja.

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Oh yes, Rioja wine is world famous indeed. Maybe next time you pass through you can check out the mine or the museum @goldroster.