Hi just wondering if anyone might have a source for gold coloured
pyrite faceted stones, I could be wrong but I think the actual
name is Iron Pyrite.. don't quote me on that because I am not 100%
sure. Or an alternative stone variety with the same appearance. I
am looking for 1.75 stones.
Tina, It sounds to me sort of as though you’re looking for what are
commonly called marcasites. These are small, round, rose cut facetted
stones (shallow peaked cutting on top, flat back) Common in antique
silver, as well as modern versions, often made in the far east.
While there is indeed a mineral called marcasite, my guess is that
in this case it’s used interchangeably with the mineral pyrite (iron
pyrite, or “fools gold”). Color and appearance is similar. Not as
bright yellow as gold, more a dark brassy look.
Marcasite stones are common in small round sizes from a bit under a
millimeter to perhaps two or three millimeters, sometimes more, but
not all dealers carry them. They’re really cheap, but usually you
have to buy them in at least modest quantities, like a dozen at a
time, unless you want to seriously overpay.
Note that I’ve also seen (and have a fair number of) glass imitation
marcasites. Now, don’t ask me why someone would go to the trouble of
making fake glass marcasites, given the low cost of the real things.
The ones I have are parcels dating to the 1930s or so, and without
chipping one or grinding/polishing into it to remove the surface
luster, they look just like the real ones, at least to a casual
One source I recall for the real ones was Max Shuster, a new york
stone dealer. It’s been a long while since I dealt with them, but
assume they’re still in business. Great source for all your
synthetics, small odd black onyx, and all the rest of that sort of
commercial stuff. I assume they carry good merchanidise too, but
you’d have to ask them…
Now, if what you’re looking for are actual better quality
interesting cabochons of pyrite, last time I saw Bill Gangi at a SNAG
convention, he had some beautiful pieces of pyrite, cut to high
quality cabs. No doubt there are other gem dealers who may also have
such material, but you can check Bill’s web site for contact into and
Hope that helps.