MUONIONALUSTA W/ MOLDAVITE - STERLING SILVER PENDANT - SQUARE
Beautiful sterling silver pendant with a cut and polished Muonionalusta specimen and set Moldavite piece. Includes a sterling silver chain.
The Muonionalusta meteorite first impacted Northern Scandinavia, west of Finland and Sweden, about one million years BCE. It was first discovered in 1906 and to date, only about forty large pieces have been recovered in total. This meteorite is most likely the oldest in known existence, with an estimated age of about 4.5 billion years, and marks the first occurrence of stishovite (an extremely hard, dense polymorph of silicon dioxide) in an iron meteorite.
The prominent metallic latticework dominating the middle of the specimens is referred to as a Widmanstätten pattern. It is the result of a slow cooling that provided sufficient time — millions of years — for the two metallic alloys to orient into their crystalline habit. As the only place where this can happen is in the vacuum of space (and also, theoretically at Earth’s own core-mantle boundary), the appearance of this pattern is diagnostic in the identification of a meteorite.