Pyrite, nicknamed “Fool’s Gold,” resembles gold merely in appearance. Growing in cubes, nodules, tiny crystals and even flat discs, Pyrite is in fact quite brittle and cannot be bent or shaped like gold. Striking Pyrite with steel can even cause the sulphur in it to produce sparks! Pyrite is considered a powerful protection stone, possessing a strong shielding quality. Due to this belief, it is a preferred stone for those who do dangerous work. Pyrite is also thought to stimulate the intellect, enhancing mental stability, logic, analysis, creativity, memory and the ability to tap into latent mental talents and abilities.