Gibeon Meteorite Specimen
Gibeon Meteorite Specimen
Gibeon Meteorite Specimen
Gibeon Meteorite Specimen
Gibeon Meteorite Specimen

Gibeon Meteorite Specimen

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This unusual meteorite specimen is a part of the gibeon meteorite. It is an iron meteorite, found in one of the largest meteorite strewn fields on Earth, which exceeds 40 miles wide and 250 miles long. It is located in Namibia, in the southern part of Africa. The meteorite field itself was discovered in 1836, although South African natives used the metal fragments for tools and weapons prior to this time.

Gibeon meteorites are sometimes sold as complete meteorites, but it is only by cutting them open that the unique etched patterns, known as the Widmanstatten crystal structure, appear. This pattern is the result of the meteorite cooling in outer space over billions of years. Carving meteorites, however, is very unusual, as cutting meteorites and shaping them into spheres or eggs is extremely specialized work. It is done by only a handful of people in the entire world. Our supplier has been doing this type of work for over 25 years. He collects, hunts, buys, and cuts meteorites. He has invented special machinery that makes this job easier for him. When he stops producing these items, we will probably not get any more of this “shaped” material.

    This is a genuine meteorite and no two are exactly the same. Please note that the item you receive will have slight variations from the one photographed. 

    Approximately: L 19 mm x W 13 mm x D 5 mm

    Exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, may damage the meteorite or cause it to rust over time. If you polish the meteorite, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.

    Any item(s) purchased will be shipped within 48 hours, however most are processed within 24 hours of the confirmation of your order. 

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