This is a Stunning Cubic Cluster Pyrite that's been rounded and polished into a Sphere / Ball, from Peru.
This beauty is just slightly smaller at 6cm than a Tennis Ball at 6.86cm.
Pyrite occurs in numerous shapes and habits. The smaller crystal may give off a beautiful glistening effect in light, and the larger crystals may be perfectly formed, including fascinating cubes, pyritohedrons and octahedrons. The perfect cubes of Pyrite embedded in a matrix from the famous Spanish mines are especially treasured among collectors.
This mineral's metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of "Fool's Gold".
The following information is courtesy of "The Pocket Book of Stones" which we also sell HERE
PYRITE is an iron sulfide mineral with a hardness of 6 to 6.5. Its name is derived from the Greek word for fire. Important deposits are in Italy, Spain and Peru.
Pyrite is excellent for increasing the power of the third chakra in both men and women. It imparts an immediate increase in vitality. It enhances willpower, assisting one in overcoming bad habits and establishing new patterns of health and positive energy. It aids one in overcoming anxiety and helps one establish a “ can do ” attitude about whatever one has decided to attempt. It can screen out negative influences and give one the courage to banish them.
Pyrite can be a helpful tool for balancing polarities and creating harmony within the auric field. Pyrite stimulates creativity in art, mathematics, sculpture, architecture, science and other disciplines. It feeds the qualities of ambition, commitment and persistence. It increases mental clarity and focus. It supports one in taking assertive action and developing the inner warrior for the benefit of the community. For men, it enhances masculinity and supports the sublime and enthusiastic expression of male eroticism.
"This information is for research purposes only and should not be construed as medical recommendations for any disease or symptom. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Consult a licensed healthcare professional for treatment."