Meteorite Education


A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from a source such as an asteroid or a comet, which originates in outer space and survives its impact with the Earth’s atmosphere and surface. Meteorite also makes a very unique material to have in your engagement ring or wedding band. Jewelry by Johan has the largest selection of meteorite rings in the world and has sold thousands of meteorite rings across the globe to customers looking for a unique piece of jewelry.


WHAT TYPE OF METEORITE IS USED IN OUR RINGS?

Because of it’s unique pattern, 98% of our Meteorite rings are made with Gibeon meteorite. At times, depending on availability, we offer Meteorite rings with different types of meteorite from around the world. Each Meteorite ring specifies what type of Meteorite is used to create the ring. Below are different types of Meteorite from around the world.


GIBEON

Gibeon is a meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. It was discovered in 1838 and named after the nearest town: Gibeon, Namibia. The term Gibeon encompasses the whole meteoritic material fallen from the sky during this fall. This material is classified as iron meteorite belonging to the chemical group IVA. Gibeon meteorites are composed of an iron-nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a classic example of fine octahedrite and the Widmanstatten pattern is appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry.


SEYMCHAN

Named after the Russian village it fell next to, Seymchan, was discovered in 1967. Located with a mine detector, it was found in a river before being given to the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Compared to other meteorites Seymchan is considered rust-resistant and fairly stable. It is quite precious, and makes the perfect adornment for your jewelry!


CAMPO DEL CIELO

 

The name Campo del Cielo – which is Spanish for “Field of Heaven” refers to a group of iron meteorites or to the area where they were found situated on the border between the provinces of Chaco and Santiago del Estero, 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. These meteorites, the heaviest group ever discovered on earth, were first reported in 1576. Long before being reported officially and documented, the aboriginal inhabitants knew the “Field of Heaven” and it’s many craters well. The natives used these iron-based stones for their weapons and worshiped these stones from the sky. Spanish explorers doubted that these stones had fallen from space and assumed they came from a volcanic eruption. However, today we know these stones are 100% from space and definitely something worth worshiping!


SIKHOTE-ALIN

 

In 1947 this meteorite crashed through the earth’s atmosphere violently just north of the Russian city Vladivostok. No other meteorite with this big of an explosive magnitude had been witnessed ever before. It fell during the day, capturing the attention of many witnesses with its bright-hot bolide and loud explosion. Everyone within 300 km saw this terrific event. It loudly burst in mid-air before breaking into pieces. Shrapnel from this great explosion can now be worn by you – where anyone can visibly see the catastrophic effects of the atmosphere on this storied stone!


MUONIONALUSTA

 

The oldest meteorite known to man, 4.5653 billion years old, was found in Scandinavia near the Muonio river. This meteorite has experienced four ice ages! While crashing through the atmosphere it broke into forty pieces, with some of them keeping most of their original gargantuan size. Because it was exposed to cosmic rays while in space and a heavy shock while colliding with earth, the Muonionalusta has an extremely rare mineral within it – formed only by extremely high pressure. This mineral is called Stishovite. Wear this time-tested and rare rock with grace!


MOLDAVITE

 

Moldavite isn’t like the others – it’s actually a glass formed by a meteorite impact 14,700,000 years ago! Having a slight green tint, Moldavite looks a lot like bottle-glass but is far more prized, of course. Forming in beautiful “flower-bursts” of glass, this type of meteorite exudes natural beauty! Moldavite can also be cut to have facets and comes in a variety of shapes, including round and pear.


El HAMMAMI METEORITE

El Hammami Meteorite is said to have fallen in January of 1995 in Mauritania, Africa (southwest of Mhamid, Morocco). Nomads witnessed the fall, but the meteorite wasn’t discovered until over two years later by a man named Edwin Thompson. In November of 1997, Thompson traveled to Mauritania, Africa and collected six fresh-looking meteorite stones at the base of the El Hammami Mountains in Mauritania. El Hammami was discovered to have many sheets of iron running through it, giving it a unique texture and shine all its own.


MIMETIC METEORITE

 

Price should never get between you and the beauty of Meteorite’s pattern. Gibeon Meteorite’s pattern, the Widmanstatten figures, has found its way onto a cheaper product also offered by us. What you see isn’t actually meteorite, but titanium engraved to mimic the Widmanstatten pattern found on Gibeon meteorite. Mimetic meteorite is an affordable alternative to our signature Gibeon Meteorite rings. This titanium band shines with a polished finish.


HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT METEORITE?

Meteorite is an iron-based material so it has the potential to rust. Our meteorite care kit was specially designed to help protect and prolong the beauty of the meteorite in your jewelry. Although there are other products available from other companies, it is not recommended using them without contacting us first to confirm it is a safe product to use. We are not liable for any damage caused by products sold elsewhere.

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