Gibeon Meteorite Pendant

£59.00
Gibeon meteorites are known as the "King of the Irons" because of their unique stability, beauty and ease of working. The Gibeon meteorite entered our atmosphere at an amazing velocity of around 17 miles per second an probable 30,000 years ago.
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Gibeon Meteorite Pendant

Gibeon meteorites are known as the "King of the Irons" because of their unique stability, beauty and ease of working. The Gibeon meteorite entered our atmosphere at an amazing velocity of around 17 miles per second an probable 30,000 years ago.
 
It exploded high in the atmosphere showering fragments over a large region of what is present day Namibia, Africa. Prior to this, the meteorite had travelled through space for over four billion years before it was trapped by the Earth's gravitational field and pulled to earth as a brilliant fireball.
 
The Gibeon meteorite is classified as a group IVA fine octahedrite and is composed of approximately 91.8% Iron; 7.7% Nickel; 0.5% Cobalt; 0.04% Phosphorus; 2.4 ppm Iridium; 197 ppm Gallium; and 0.111 ppm Germanium.
 
It  originated from the core of an extinct planet that was blown apart billions of years ago during the formation of our solar system by a catastrophic impact event.
 
Though this meteorite was officially discovered by westerners in 1838, the indigenous people of the region had been making spear points and tools from the meteorite for perhaps thousands of years. The beautiful crystalline patterns within Gibeon meteorites are known as Widmanstatten patterns, and are unique to meteorites.
 
These patterns can only form over millions of years of cooling. It has been estimated that it took about 1000 years for these molten pieces of planetary core to cool by just 1 degree Celsius!
 
There isn't any material on Earth that exhibits the Widmanstatten pattern of meteorites, and each piece of meteorite has its own unique pattern.
 
The beautiful crystalline configurations characteristic of the Gibeon meteorite are more than just beautiful oddities-they tell us about its composition and how long it took for the planetary core from which the meteorite is derived to cool.

 
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  • Product Code:
    PEN 1687
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