Seymchan Iron Meteorite Pendant with Silver Chain and Giftbox
Includes 20" silver chain & gift box
Each pendant is uniquely cut, so all pendants vary in shape and size.
This pendant is made from the Seymchan iron meteorite found June 1967
in the dry bed of the river Hekandue, in the Magadan district, Russia,
near the settlement of Seymchan.
Each pendant is an authentic and unique handcrafted piece of meteorite
jewelry stabilized with a coating of precious rhodium (Rh), and then
set in Sterling Silver. These unique meteorite pendants are made using
the repurposed offcuts of larger meteorite jewelry such as watch
faces. Repurposing is a preferred processes to recycling, and offers a
final product with less overall impact on the environment.
Iron meteorites are made mostly of a pair of iron-nickel (Fe-Ni)
alloys called kamacite and Taenite. The signature Widmanstätten
patterns of iron meteorites are a result of one of the two alloys
cooling at different rates and thus having different hardnesses. This
results in one of the Fe-Ni alloys being more easily etched away by
acid than the other. When cut and etched properly, the octahedral and
hexahedral crystal patterns of the harder metal alloy are liberated
from the matrix and the incredible pattern emerges. When first cut and
etched, these patterns and surfaces look amazing, and inspire awe in
even the most jaded.
However, without proper treatment or constant maintenance, this
brilliant luster and crisp pattern will not last for long. Untreated,
the beautifully etched surface will start to oxidize (rust). Slowly
the Earth’s atmosphere will eat away at the iron in the meteorite.
While certain mixtures of these alloys, heating and cooling conditions
during formation, and many other factors can either inhibit or
accelerate the oxidation process, once an iron meteorite has landed on
Earth, nothing short of removing it from the atmosphere can stop it
This is where the rhodium stabilization process comes in. Rhodium is
the rarest of the platinum group metals, and is nonreactive with
oxygen. By coating the meteorite with a micron thin layer of the
nonreactive and very precious metal Rhodium (Rh), the oxidation
process is stopped. A beautiful and elegant solution.
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