Seymchan is a rare type of meteorite called a pallasite. These specimens are from Seymchan, located in the Magadan district of far eastern Russia. A pallasite is a special type of meteorite, it is both metal and stone, often the stone part contains peridot or olivine. These are extremely rare and are sought after by collectors. Not all Seymchan meteorites contain olivine, but all are rare and very collectible.
Not all pallasites are the same. Some are very nice but have well developed reputations as "Rusters". Seymchan is known for its stability and they command significantly higher prices than the "Rusters". If you are going to invest your hard earned money in a Pallasite we recommend investing on one that won't rust away!
Seymchan was originally found in 1967, and because the specimen found had no olivine it was classified as a rare iron. More recent analysis has determined that it is actually a very rare ungrouped iron. A recent expedition has recovered several more specimens including some that contain olivine crystals making this a pallasite. The specimens are from one of these recent finds and contain olivine crystals and some will also have Windmanstatten patterns. It has been studied extensively by many Universities and may also be found in several museum collections.
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.
- Dimensions: 117 mm x 85 mm x 3 mm
- Genuine meteorite
- This item includes an information card about the meteorite
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item
- A plastic stand is included with this item
This meteorite requires special care - due to its high iron content, exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, may cause the meteorite 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.