Campo del cielo was a very large meteorite fall, it is theorized to be a large piece that broke up when entering the atmosphere, some 4000 to 6000 years ago. Campo del cielo means field of the sky or heaven, which is a very appropriate name. This meteorite was first discovered in 1576, the meteorite fragments have been found over a large area, both inside and outside of craters. Most Campo pieces come from Argentina, although some very recent finds suggest fragments may be found as far away as Peru. This is one of the few iron meteorites. It has been studied extensively by many Universities and may also be found in several museum collections.
This meteorite has a unique crystallization known as the Widmanstatten crystal structure. These lines are shown as a unique etched pattern on the meteorite. This pattern is the result of the meteorite cooling in outer space over billions of years. Although not as finely detailed as other meteorites, these pieces still display this pattern when cut and etched with acid.
As this meteorite is composed mostly of iron, care must be taken to prevent the piece from rusting. Direct exposure to water is not recommended. Oil the piece regularly with mineral oil or olive oil. Do not leave the piece laying around on wet surfaces.
Green amethyst is amethyst where the amethyst mineral has a higher than normal iron content within the stone. This iron content causes some of the stones to be green when found, although this is rare. More often, the natural amethyst is heat treated to produce the green color. Only certain amethyst stones from mines with a higher iron mineral content in the amethyst will produce the green color change.
A favorite material of ancient cultures, amethyst has endured the ages as one of man's most prized possessions. Amethyst is found worldwide and has the distinction of being the birthstone for February and the official gemstone of the province of Ontario. Most green amethyst comes from Brazil.
Some believe that amethyst has calming and protective qualities and that wearing amethyst will increase inspiration and intuition. It is a good stone for meditation.
Smoky quartz is a variety of quartz, always black or brown in colour. The quartz stone family also includes amethyst (purple quartz), rose quartz (pink-red), citrine (yellow quartz), as well as all the various agates and jaspers.
Smoky quartz is often found in beautiful black crystals. It can be cut into beautiful brilliant gemstones and it makes an equally beautiful crystal specimen. Scientists believe the black may have been caused by natural radioactivity in the Earth.
Smoky quartz is the most often sought after for its healing or crystal properties. It is said to increase endurance and to amplify energy. Some believe that it may give you an energy boost, and that it can help you clear your thoughts to better make decisions.
- Sterling silver:
- All gemstones in setting: 36 mm x 23 mm x 9 mm
- Bail length: 10 mm
- Features a genuine meteorite and gemstones
- This item includes an information card about the meteorite and gemstones
- Certificates of authenticity are included with this item.
- This meteorite requires special care - due to its high iron content, exposure to water and other chemicals, such as lotions or perfumes, may cause it to rust it over time. If you polish the jewellery, avoid polishing the stone itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.