SUEDE BAG OF FOOL'S GOLD FG002 Many a chunk of glittering rock found its way to a prospectors pocket. Out west, certainly more than a few such men handed a rock to a bartender in celebration of striking it rich. "Gold!" a green miner claims. The bartender takes a closer look and chuckles "It's not gold. It's fool's gold". Iron Pyrite has been so often mistaken for gold that its better-known name is "fool's gold." It has a warm yellow color, it's metallic, and it glitters and sparkles just like the real thing. Our 5 glittering pieces Golden Pyrite come in a brown suede drawstring pouch; easy to tuck away as not to draw unwanted attention as you hurry your way to the town bank to cash in your precious nuggets.
NOT ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD It is not unusual for a beginner to wonder about the difference between gold and the other materials found in a streambed or lode deposit. Sometimes a beginner will puzzle over shiny rocks, and quite often iron pyrites (fool’s gold) are mistaken for the real thing. In fact, this is so much the case that there is a story of an entire shipload of iron pyrite having been shipped over to England during the 1500’s — the yellow stuff having been mistaken for gold. So you can understand where it gets the term “fool’s gold.”
• 5 pieces of "Fool's Gold" • Brown Suede Drawstring Pouch • Great for gift or display • Makes an ideal costume prop
Pyrite gets its name from the Greek word purit?s, which means “of fire" or “in fire." This is because pyrite can create a spark when struck against steel. In fact, pyrite was popular in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in the earliest firearms.