Pyrite Suns, native to the area around Sparta, Illinois, are truly an amazing and unusual find as they have become very hard to find. They are also referred to as Pyrite dollars and are identified by their round shape and sun ray striations that radiate out from their center. They look like rays of the sun imbedded in pyrite. They are over 300 million years old and were first found by miners in the Illinois area who would bring them home for their wives and children to enjoy. They are sometimes misconstrued as fossils that were imbued with pyrite, but it was the intense pressure in their formation that compacted the suns and caused them to grow laterally in a radiating formation.
Pyrite is a sparkling stone. Its name comes from the Greek language and is translated as "firestone" because it was believed to contain fire in its core. It is known as a stone of protection, prosperity, power, and magic. It also serves as an energy shield that deflects and destroys invading forms of energy and pollutants. *
* Measurements are approximate.Crystals vary in Size, Shape, Color, and Measurements.