Jewelry Trends 2012: 12 New Pieces With Pyrite

The funky-looking metallic mineral found in cube or pyritohedral form in nature has popped up in a multitude of jewelry collections this year. Pyrite, containing iron disulfide, has been referred to as “fool’s gold” for its muted, sometimes brassy hues, and can be used to make marcasite jewelry. Pyrite can be found as secondary material in larger veins of other stones, but when chunks of the prickly stuff are set as obvious focal points in designs, the material—with a name deriving from the Greek word for fire—offers an organic, punk rock–esque aesthetic that will appeal to connoisseurs of the unusual and understated.

Sonya Renee earrings in 14k gold fill and pyrite

Hand-wrapped 14k gold-filled earrings with pyrite; $68; Sonya Renee

Lika Behar pyrite necklace with silver

Necklace with pyrite and oxidized silver; $140; Lika Behar

Mary Louise pyrite, silver, and CZ bracelets

Trio of bracelets with pyrite, silver, and cubic zirconia; $350; Mary Louise for Fragments

Russell Jones earrings in 14k gold with pyrite

Earrings in 14k gold with pyrite; $380; Russell Jones

Robindira Unsworth necklace in silver with pyrite and 22k gold vermeil

Nila necklace in oxidized silver with 22k gold vermeil accents and pyrite; $363; Robindira Unsworth

Mazza pyrite and pearl necklace

54-inch necklace with pyrite, freshwater pearls, and a 14k gold toggle clasp; $660; the Mazza Co.

Vanessa Leu 18k gold and pyrite earrings

Illusion earrings (2.5 inches) in 18k black gold with pyrite; $950; Vanessa Leu

Jordan Alexander pyrite bracelet with diamonds and silver

Silver bracelet with pyrite and diamond accents; $1,555; Jordan Alexander at Fragments

J. Hadley necklace with silver, pyrite, labradorite, and a pearl tassel with diamonds

Necklace in silver with labradorite, pyrite, and pearl tassel with diamond bead pavé; $2,200; J. Hadley

Lauren Harper pyrite, gold, and diamond ring

Ring in 18k gold with pyrite and diamonds; $2,420; Lauren Harper Collection

Monique Pean recycled gold earrings with fossilized woolly mammoth and jade with pyrite

Cage earrings in 18k recycled rose gold with fossilized woolly mammoth, black jade with pyrite, and diamonds; $8,660; Monique Péan

Pippa Small necklace in 18k gold with pyrite

Triple Drop Pyrite necklace in 18k gold; $10,591; Pippa Small