Big, Bold & Beautiful! Behold this Awesomely Large Metallic Sphere of Iron Pyrite! Weighing in at almost 28 lbs., this ball of Pyrite is massive! Check out the vug-like caverns that wind randomly throughout this hefty orb, each uniquely packed with cubic character. Polished surfaces showcase the bright metallic luster and brass-yellow glow that greatly resembles Gold; hence the name "Fools Gold". You might be surprised to know that Gold and Pyrite often occur together in rocks, and Pyrite is sometimes mined for the value of the Gold that might be found within!
Here's another interesting bit of info: sparks will fly when Pyrite is struck against metal or another hard material. And that is why pieces of Pyrite have been used not only as fire-starter, but as spark-producing material in flintlock firearms! Of course you won't want to test that theory on this extraordinary Sphere, however, as this royal personality is best enjoyed reigning over a kingdom from a central place of honor. In fact, this dominant dude is a true leader of gemrock giants, and will outshine any other competition within proximity. This monster Pyrite is a definite MUST for the serious metallics collector, and a gemrock dream for any serious decorator! Peru. (Stands in photos not included)
Note: please be aware that Iron Pyrite, the most common of the Sulfide minerals, will slowly oxidize in moist environments, releasing small amounts of sulfuric acid in the process. So, you may want to keep this golden giant indoors - and do not ingest! An occasional application of a metal polish will keep your Sphere radiant!
Dimensions: 7 1/2" diameter, 24" circumference
Weight: 27.8 lbs.