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Iron pyrite

Iron pyrite is formed from iron and sulphur. It's known as fool's gold - the story goes that gold rush prospectors would find pyrite and think they had struck it rich. Pyrite was used in early firearms to provide the ignition spark for the gunpowder. Now, its main use is in the production of sulphuric acid. But it looks nice...

4.5-6cm



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