Pyrite, also known as “fool’s gold”, due to its metallic luster and brass-yellow tone. Some believe that Pyrite has qualities that are helpful during financial hardships. The resemblance of Pyrite to gold has made it a traditional symbol for money and good luck. Because of its bright, sunny golden color, it is often associated with the sun and with the strengthening of the mind and spirit. Pyrite can also be used as an energy shield, blocking out negativity from various sources. Pyrite was valued in some of the Native American tribes as a healing stone, sometimes polished into mirrors and used for gazing and divination. Before the 1800’s, it was favored as a decorative stone. It was carved into various objects such as rosettes, shoe buckles, rings, and other ornaments. During the Victorian Age in England, pyrite was a common medium used for jewelry.