Sikhote alin was a very large meteorite fall that occurred on February 12, 1947 at 10.30am in the Primorskiy Region, Sihotaulin Mountains of eastern Siberia. It was witnessed by many people who reported a fireball brighter than the sun that came out of the north, descending at an angle of about 41 degrees. The noise of the explosion was heard 300km away. It left a cloud of dust and fume 30km in length which was visible for several hours. The largest fragment weighs 1.75 ton and is on display in Moscow. The sikhote alin meteorite is one of the few iron meteorites. It has been studied extensively by many Universities and may also be found in several museum collections.
The Sikhote Alin is an iron meteorite, often smaller with well-formed divots or thumb-like indents on them. The pieces are classified 2 different ways. The first is known as the regmaglypted specimen, known for its thumb-printed surface. These pieces show the fusion crust and signs of atmospheric ablation. These likely broke off the main object early in the descent. Conversely, the second type is the shrapnel or fragmented specimens, which boast sharped-edged pieces of torn metal, showing evidence of violent fragmentation. The fragments were either torn apart during the atmospheric explosions or blasted apart upon impact on the frozen ground.
Iron pyrite or fool’s gold as it is more commonly called, is a very beautiful example of the natural beauty that can be found on Earth. This shiny substance has long been mistaken by man for the even rarer treasure gold; this is where pyrite gets its nickname fool’s gold.
This meteorite requires special care
- Set in sterling silver
- Iron Pyrite: 13 mm x 10 mm x 8 mm
- Sikhote-Alin: 16 mm x 13 mm x 4 mm
- Bail length: 10 mm
- Genuine meteorite and gemstone
- This item includes information cards about the meteorite and gemstone
- Certificates of authenticity are included with this item
- This meteorite has a high iron content, and exposure to water and other chemicals, such as lotions or perfumes, will damage it over time (it will rust). If you polish the jewellery, avoid polishing the stone itself. A silver-cleaning dip should never be used with this piece.
*Sterling silver chain is not included. It is available for purchase here.