Gibeon meteorite. Endcut, 10 cm long
Gibeon was first found in Namibia in 1838. It is classified as a fine IVA octahedrite, iron meteorite. Iron meteorites come from the core of dead asteroids. In them, the heavy elements sunk to the center due to gravity. The asteroids were then destroyed by impacts with other bodies, releasing the iron core to space. Iron meteorites are alloys of iron and nickel mainly although they contain other trace elements.
Gibeon is one of the most sought-after meteorites. It was easily available decades ago but in the last years many jewelry makers have been working with this meteorite and its scarcity has augmented. Its exportation is banned by the Namibian government.
This piece is very aesthetic and shows the classic Widmanstatten pattern, the form of crystallization of iron in space when cooling down 1 Celsius degree per million years. The pattern is very fine and reflects light in different directions, as seen in the pictures.
Certificate of authenticity included. IMCA 5591.
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