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.
Hand-wrapped 14k gold-filled earrings with pyrite; $68; Sonya Renee
Necklace with pyrite and oxidized silver; $140; Lika Behar
Trio of bracelets with pyrite, silver, and cubic zirconia; $350; Mary Louise for Fragments
Nila necklace in oxidized silver with 22k gold vermeil accents and pyrite; $363; Robindira Unsworth
54-inch necklace with pyrite, freshwater pearls, and a 14k gold toggle clasp; $660; the Mazza Co.
Illusion earrings (2.5 inches) in 18k black gold with pyrite; $950; Vanessa Leu
Silver bracelet with pyrite and diamond accents; $1,555; Jordan Alexander at Fragments
Necklace in silver with labradorite, pyrite, and pearl tassel with diamond bead pavé; $2,200; J. Hadley
Ring in 18k gold with pyrite and diamonds; $2,420; Lauren Harper Collection
Cage earrings in 18k recycled rose gold with fossilized woolly mammoth, black jade with pyrite, and diamonds; $8,660; Monique Péan
Triple Drop Pyrite necklace in 18k gold; $10,591; Pippa SmallFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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