The name "pyrite" is after the Greek "pyr" meaning "fire." This name was given because pyrite can be used to create the sparks needed for starting a fire if it is struck against metal or another hard material. Pyrite is associated with fire signs in the zodiac and is often associated with gold. The two minerals often form together, and in some deposits pyrite contains enough included gold to warrant mining.
Pyrite is said to be excellent for boosting vitality and to help one accomplish challenging tasks in the physical world. It enhances will power and aides one in overcoming fear and anxiety to help one establish a positive attitude to take on the task at hand. Pyrite is a powerful protection stone which shields and protects against all forms of negative vibrations and/or energy, and can give one the courage to banish these influences from one’s life. Pyrite stimulates creativity and feeds the qualities of ambition and persistence, helping one to carry things through to completion. It increases mental clarity and focus and is an idea stone for students. It supports one in taking assertive action, protecting others and the earth, and developing the inner warrior for the benefit of the community. Pyrite assists one in seeing behind facades, promoting an understanding of that which lies beneath words and actions.
This is the top piece worn in the second photo.