Fukang A Massive Block of Space Gems in Matrix The Interior and Exterior of a Pallasite Revealed
The pallasite from which this specimen is derived was discovered in 2000 in Chinas Gobi Desert near the town of Fukang. Less than 1% of all meteorites are pallasites, the most alluring of all meteorites. This end piece contains a wondrous mosaic of space gems embedded in a nickel-iron matrix (see lot 28). Pallasites (meteorites comprised of approximately 50% olivine and peridot crystals and 50% nickel-iron) originate from the mantle-core boundary of a large planetary body that broke apart during the formation of the solar system, the remains of which are referred to as the asteroid belt.
Contrasting with the five cut and polished faces is the meteorites exterior surface of burnished shallow sockets, the result of atmospheric frictional heating. Exhibiting large, highly refractive translucent crystals prized by collectors, this is a superb example of the internal and external structure of a meteorite with naturally occurring gemstones. (Lot 28 is the largest complete pallasite known to exist.)
111 x 96 x 109mm (4.5 x 3.75 x 4.25in) and 3.038 kilos (6.7 pounds)