The Rings UniqueÂ Meteorite rings are made entirely in the United States using authentic Gibeon Meteorite from Namibia, Africa. The top ring is a stepped edge in Cobalt Chrome and the bottom ring is a stepped edge Black Zirconium. The Gibeon meteorite is well known for its striking and irregular Widmanstatten lines. These lines are really iron ore crystals formed over millions of years with the slow melting of the molten meteor on its 4.5Billion year journey to planet Earth. The crystalline structure is exclusive to each segment of meteorite, making your ring unique in its pattern and a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Wikipedia reports that “In 1836 the English captain J. E. Alexander collected samples of the meteorite in the vicinity of the Great Fish River and sent them to London. There John HerschelÂ analyzed them and confirmed for the first time the extraterrestrial nature of the material.” Further, “Gibeon meteorites are composed of an iron–nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a classic example of fine octahedrite and the Widmanstatten pattern is appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry.” Read more!
Originally the size of a pick-up truck, the early Gibeon meteorites recovered were large weighing between 200 and 1100 pounds. It is reported that one of the largest masses ever found weighed over 1400 pounds. Recently, probably due to better metal detection equipment, many smaller specimens have been recovered recently. The spreading of segments over the area is called a “Fall Field,” an elliptical shape covering hundreds of miles.Â When a meteorite enters the Earth’s atmosphere, friction raises the surface temperature above its melting point. As the meteorite descends, it slows down, and the heat from friction decreases resulting in a thin layer of dark glass. The surface on some meteorite’s may develop shallow pits during the entry process and these pits resemble thumb prints and are known asÂ regmaglypts.