Don’t be fooled! – Arun Gold Company

Don’t be fooled!

Due to its metallic lustre — and a few cases of mistaken identity — iron pyrite is commonly referred to as fool’s gold. The Elizabethan explorer and pirate Sir Martin Frobisher brought back what he thought was his fortune in gold ore from his voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, only to find that it was actually iron pyrite. The atomic arrangement of iron and sulphur give pyrite its cubic crystal structure, and a few regions produce large clusters of perfect cubes — a rare and wonderful example of straight lines occurring in nature. 
(Taken from Christie’s website the image of the ball of Pyrite was in one of their sales).

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