Meteorite Jewelry Stony Meteorite and Moldavite. This lot offers a very rare opportunity to purchase jewelry that was handmade out of genuine stony meteorites and custom designed to represent the ultimate in fine jewelry. To be able to cut up meteorites to make jewelry is a rare luxury, due to the rarity and high value of nearly all meteorites. Fortunately enough meteorites were found in 1999 in Algeria of one large fall (almost 1500 Kg) to allow a small portion to be made available to be used in jewelry. There will not be any more cut into jewelry since as much as 80% of the meteorite is lost in the cutting. The stony meteorite has been assigned the name of North West Africa 869 and has been classified as an L4 or L5 breccia. All stony meteorites contain iron and all are designated with an "H"for high iron content or "L" for low iron content, and "breccia"means that the meteorite is a mixture of several different types of rocks that were mixed together when the two asteroids that created this meteorite collided billions of years ago.
This unusual meteorite necklace is 18 inches long with a 2.5 inch sterling silver extension and is made up of 93 polished irregular shaped NWA 869 meteorite pieces. It has a large 1.4 x .8 inch gem quality piece of Moldavite in a sterling silver bezel. Moldavite is a translucent green glass that formed from a meteorite impact in Germany over 20 million years age that formed the Ries-Nordlingen crater and today is found over 250 miles away in the Czech Republic. Moldavite is considered to be a gem stone and even today is quite often given by a groom to his bride in the Czech Republic. Also, included is a limited edition of only 1,000 large 1.9 inch diameter bronze medal with an actual piece of the NWA 869 meteorite embedded in the obverse plus a certificate of authenticity.
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Estimated Value $400 - 600.