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Is Pyrite the Engagement Ring Stone of Fools?

Apr. 1 2014
Embrace your inner fool and consider pyrite for your engagement ring stone! This brilliant gold gem will make you an exquisitely gorgeous engagement ring creation.

F and I were enjoying our ritual of reading the Sunday newspaper together and, as usual, the process had got a little out of hand and our den floor looked like the aftermath of a newspaper.

However, we actually both noticed a picture of a ring, even though it was slightly buried in the debris, because even in print it still shone extraordinarily brightly. It was a truly stunning, brilliant gold engagement ring stone! We were both a little speechless while our brains objected to this idea, because surely gold was a metal, not a stone, right?

Gemstone or Metal in Disguise?

I was convinced that it must be some sort of synthetic man-made stone and was willing to admire it but let it go. However, F, in his usual tenacious style, insisted that we had to know more and set off in pursuit of information regarding this dazzling golden engagement ring stone.

pyrite by pnjunction2007, used under a Creative Commons licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Pyrite looks a lot like gold, but is actually a gemstone

And, true to form, F reappeared and declared in his best ‘eureka-fashion’ that it was indeed a stone and we were fools not to see it! Of course, it was Pyrite, or ‘Fool’s Gold’ as it is commonly known as. F gleefully quipped that we must be fools to have not known it was Fool’s Gold, and I could tell that he was going to drag this joke out for a long time.

Pyrite Makes Sparks Fly

The name ‘Pyrite’ is derived from the Greek word ‘pyr’, meaning fire. This was probably born from the fact that sparks literally do fly when Pyrite is struck. Pyrite’s appearance is so similar to gold that many a prospector was frequently duped upon its discovery into believing that they had struck it rich, later to be severely disappointed.

However, Pyrite has stood its ground and has been prized and admired for its beauty in its own right for centuries. One form of Pyrite, marcasite, was frequently used in jewellery designs and was especially popular during the Victorian era.

Perfect for Modern Day Fools

I have to admit that the more F found out about Pyrite, the more intrigued I became. It almost seemed like the perfect engagement ring stone! The rings we saw featuring Pyrite with their metallic, glistening appearance, certainly had all the ‘bling’ factor that any bride could wish for.

The stone is often found with streaks of greenish-black running through it, creating a stunningly dramatic presentation.

This highly underrated stone also apparently commands fairly significant powers. Throughout the ages, pyrite was believed to balance both sides of the brain and bring great wealth and prosperity to anyone who owned it, much like other yellow gemstones are said to bring good things to their wearers.

Out of all the alternative engagement ring stones that F and I have discovered, I truly would never have considered this little gold nugget as a contender. However, its striking visual appeal that is quite captivating makes me want to root for this underdog of the gemstone world.

There is simply nothing ‘second best’ about the gorgeous engagement ring creations we have seen that feature Pyrite. It carries a certain exquisite, yet understated confidence that leads me to believe that we are seeing just the beginning of Pyrite’s heyday.

Designers who love alternative gemstones

Tina EngellBath
Maria ThompsonLondon
Catherine MannheimLondon
Susan PeiresLondon
Jon DibbenSurrey