A Magnificent Space Gem Discovery - Fukang Meteorite Slice

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Lot 2394
A Magnificent Space Gem Discovery - Fukang Meteorite Slice

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Natural History

6 Dec 2009, 11:00 PST

Los Angeles

A Magnificent Space Gem Discovery - Fukang Meteorite Slice
Stony-Iron - Pallasite
Fukang, Xinjiang Uygar, China

Containing spectacular olivine crystals, which are sometimes referred to as gemstones from outer space, this specimen is a slice of the peerless Fukang meteorite. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent pallasites, Fukang’s 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.

Only a single mass of Fukang was discovered. Meteorites typically explode after entering the Earth’s atmosphere, often blasting the original body into tiny pieces. Impact with Earth sometimes vaporizes the main mass of a meteorite completely. Yet, this amazing survivor endured tremendous atmospheric and impact forces to transport its bounty of rare olivine crystals to Earth. This is one of limited number of Fukang specimens to come to market in recent years. Weighs 708.6grams
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