The Muonionalusta is an iron meteorite classified as a fine octahedrite, which impacted the northern Scandinavia West of the border between Sweden and Finland approximately one million years ago. First discovered in 1906, the Muonionalusta is probably the oldest known meteorite on Earth. Since landing on Earth, this meteorite has experienced four ice ages. The Muonionalusta meteorite itself is older than Earth, as it dates within several million years of the formation of our solar system.
Muonionalusta meteorites have the most beautiful etch pattern. When cut or sliced, the interior reveals perfect Widmannstätten crystal structure. This pattern is the result of the meteorite cooling in outer space over billions of years. Each meteorite is unique and will display a different crystal structure.
Pyrite replaced ammonite
Pyrite can be found in various fossil specimens. Instead of fossilizing in a normal way, pyrite may replace various parts of a fossil, leaving an iron pyrite replacement of these fossil parts. Ammonites are among the more unusual pyrite fossil replacements. Massive pyrite formations occur as well, sometimes with tiny crystals forming a very large massive pyrite clusters. In some instances, flecks of pyrite may be scattered on other matrix rock or shale.
Campo Del Cielo Meteorite
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.
- Set in sterling silver.
- Pendant with setting: 54 mm x 20 mm x 5 mm
- Total length with bail: 12 mm
- Features a genuine fossil and meteorites.
- This item includes an information card about each specimen.
- A certificate of authenticity of each specimen is 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 meteorite itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.
- This fossil requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as lotions or perfumes, will damage it over time. If you polish the jewellery, avoid polishing the fossil itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.
*Sterling silver chain is not included. It is available for purchase here.