Chalcopyrite Hotei Buddha (God of Contentment & Happiness) with a sweet, benevolent smile. Hand carved in China.
Dimensions: 4.2″ tall x 3.86″ wide x 3.2 ” thick
Weight: 4.6 lbs
Chalcopyrite is a very copper rich form of Pyrite, and is one of our most important copper sources. The name pyrite is derived from the Greek word for fire, given the name because striking two pieces together can produce sparks. With a hardness ranging from 6 to 6.5, the metallic yellow iron sulfide has earned the familiar nickname “fools gold.” Pyrite demonstrates many crystal patterns, one of the most spectacular being large perfect cubes. The ancient Incas used pieces of pyrite as mirrors. This mineral is believed to enhance willpower and help overcome bad habits. It can also help boost creativity and establish a “can-do” attitude toward life. Pyrite is found world-wide, with important deposits in Spain, Italy, and Peru.