A faceted surface enhances the golden shine of these pyrite 6mm roundel beads from Dakota Stones. Available in 8-inch strands, these multi-faceted, rounded beads feature striking gold metallic color. Pyrite is an iron sulfide and has an opaque, shiny, metallic luster. It is named for the Greek word "pyr," which means fire, as it produces sparks when struck with steel. Pyrite has been used in jewelry and ornamentation for thousands of years and North American Indians even used it in amulets. Mined in the USA and worldwide, pyrite is said to help one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. Dakota Stones offers high-quality gemstones that are all useable in jewelry designs because every bead is checked to make sure they are cut and drilled correctly, that the finish is right and that the beads look distinct to their stone type.