Pyrrhotite
Pyrrhotite

Pyrrhotite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


An overview on Pyrrhotite Jewelry and Gemstones. Covers details and essential information on the physical properties and characteristics of Pyrrhotite gems.

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An overview on Pyrrhotite Jewelry and Gemstones. Covers details and essential information on the physical properties and characteristics of Pyrrhotite gems.

Pyrrhotite
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Also known as pyrrohotite.

Streak: grayish black.

Other Tests: Magnetic, varying in intensity, lost on heating. Decomposed by HCl.

Occurrence: Associated with pyrite and other sulfides throughout the world, often as a magmatic segregation in basic igneous rocks. Occasionally in pegmatites and contact metamorphic rocks, fumaroles, and basalts. Also occurs in meteorites.

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Morro Velho, Brazil.

Rumania; Italy; Germany; Norway; Sweden.

Potosi Mine, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Pennsylvania; Tennessee; New York; Maine; Connecticut.

Name: From a Greek word meaning reddish.


Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., FGA

Dr. Joel E. Arem has more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, he has published numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.

Co-founder and President of numerous organizations, Dr. Arem has enjoyed a lifelong career in mineralogy and gemology. He has been a Smithsonian scientist and Curator, a consultant to many well-known companies and institutions, and a prolific author and speaker. Although his main activities have been as a gem cutter and dealer, his focus has always been education. joelarem.com

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