An Unparalleled Space Gem Showpiece - Fukang Polished and Etched Slice
Lot 1103
An Unparalleled Space Gem Showpiece - Fukang Polished and Etched Slice
Sold for US$ 6,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
An Unparalleled Space Gem Showpiece - Fukang Polished and Etched Slice
Fukang, Xinjiang Uygar, China
Widely acknowledged as the world’s preeminent pallasitic meteorite, Fukang is destined to become one of the most magnificent meteorite discoveries of the 21st century. Its large, highly refractive translucent olivine crystals are unmatched by other pallasites. Fukang’s nickel-iron matrix is replete with the outer space gemstones, which are highly prized in this rare category of meteorite. Pallasites are extremely rare even among meteorites. Only about 1% of all meteorites are of this type, and of all, they are, by far, the most alluring. Pallasites - composed of approximately 50% olivine (peridot) crystals and 50% nickel-iron – are thought to be relics of forming planets. Polished and etched on both sides, the present matchless slice, exemplifying the astounding quality of this treasure, is from the main mass of the famed Fukang meteorite. Virtually every crystal is gem quality olivine. The light passing through its spectacular crystals provides a vision of Fukang’s unearthly mosaic of space gems. This piece is truly a reflection of the beauty of the cosmos.
Weighs 333.6 grams; Measures 9 3/4 x 5 1/2in.
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