Gem Quality 1.2" Gibeon Meteorite Sphere, Crystal Ball, Great Nama Land, Namibia, Nickel-Iron Meteorite (Meteorolite), Fine Octahedrite
ROCKS FROM SPACE!
Gibeon is a meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. It was named after the nearest town: Gibeon, Namibia.
This very beautiful and unusual meteorite was first found in 1836, although native inhabitants knew about it before then. Most specimens show flight markings and evidence of a violent atmospheric breakup. A beautiful fine octahedrite pattern when etched and is very resistant to rust because of the tight fitting crystals, lack of inclusions, and high nickel content.
The Gibeon Meteorite structural classification is a Fine Octahedrite and is made up of approximately 90% iron, 8% nickel, 0.4% cobalt and 0.04% phosphorus. Minerals found in the Gibeon Meteorite include chromite, enstatite, taenite, deabreelite, and tridymite. The crystalline patterns found in Gibeon specimens are called Widmanstatten patterns and are unique to meteorites. Widmanstatten Patterns are one of the primary tools for meteorite identification. The Gibeon Meteorite is relatively stable and less susceptible to rusting, which make it an ideal material for jewelry and display.
Most meteorite used in jewelry is the iron-nickel type from Gibeon. Very difficult material to cut and shape. Plus, the different Gibeon samples can vary greatly in quality and beauty. Some are gem quality and some are just junk. What we offers here is gem quality.
How Old Is the Gibeon?
Radiometric dating places the age of crystallization of the iron-nickel metal in the Gibeon at 4 billion years.
Meteoric iron is used for alignment and balancing; it symbolizes the aptitude and strength required for endurance. Nickel is thought to purify the blood and increase the body's iron content.
The sphere pictured is the exact one you will receive.
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