Sport your very own Meteorite Ring
and show off a real
piece of the final frontier! Each of the Meteorite Rings in this exclusive collection features an unique inlay design that's made from an actual slice of the Gibeon -- a...READ MORE4-billion-year-old meteorite that crashed thousands of years ago on prehistoric Earth! We believe that the best rings tell a story, and the tale of each Gibeon Meteorite Ring is nearly as old as our solar system.
Click here to learn more about these rings and the history of the Gibeon meteorite.
Metorite Rings are becoming very popular in today's jewelry scene for their history, their rarity, and for possessing unique properties that aren't found in any Earth-based material. Take a closer look at the meteorite inlays on our rings and you'll notice a striking and almost shimmering series of cross-hatches called Widmanstatten patterns. In nature, these stunning lines are formed when an octahedrite iron meteorite (like the Gibeon) slowly cools over millions of years as it travels through space -- the lines are revealed when pieces of the meteorite are etched with diluted nitric acid. And, like snowflakes, no two Widmanstatten patterns are ever alike!
So go ahead and bring home a bit of jewelry that's literally out of this world! Our Meteorite Rings are available in a variety of classic and contemporary designs that mix titanium with Gibeon inlays. We have even paired up with a Meteorite ring with blue carbon fiber!. They make incredible wedding bands, engagement rings, or just an awesome fashion statement. Every Meteorite Ring shown here is also available with free engraving!
The History of Our Meteorite Rings
There are very few things on Earth as old as the material used in our Gibeon Meteorite Rings. When you wear a Meteorite Ring, you wear a piece of the solar system that existed when the Earth, the moon, and even the sun itself were all still relatively new. When the meteorite in the inlay of your ring was first formed, the familiar model of the solar system you remember from school didn't even exist yet. There is simply no other jewelry that has been around as long, has traveled as far, or has made as much of a (literal) impact on the planet!
When did the Gibeon meteorite fall to Earth?
The crash of the Gibeon meteorite would have looked spectacular, if anyone was there to see it. No record exists of when the Gibeon fell to Earth, and no impact craters or other clues for dating the crash have ever been found. The first written accounts of the Gibeon meteorite only date back to 1836, when an English captain named J.E. Alexander found pieces of it scattered near the small town of Gibeon in the West African country of Namibia. Area natives at the time were aware of the meteorite and had even used pieces of it to build tools, but they did not know where it had come from, or when. Although it may never be known exactly when the Gibeon meteoroid crashed, the event likely happened several thousand years ago during the prehistoric era of Africa.
Where did the Gibeon meteorite originally come from?
Believed to be remnants of a long-vanished planet that was destroyed during the early years of the solar system, the asteroid destined to become the Gibeon meteorite was formed over four billion years ago, just as a rocky surface was starting to take shape on a young planet Earth. For hundreds of millions of years this asteroid quietly orbited the sun in an asteroid belt deep in space, occasionally bumping into other planetary fragments until the fateful impact that sent it speeding on a collision course with Earth.
How big was the Gibeon meteorite? How fast was it going?
It is estimated that the Gibeon meteorite measured about 13 feet by 13 feet by 5 feet thick and weighed at least 26 tons when it plunged to Earth; it may have been traveling at speeds of over 64,000 miles per hour. The meteorite struck the top of the Earth's atmosphere at a fairly low angle, almost like a rock skipping across the water, before breaking apart into countless small shrapnel-like fragments. This is likely the reason no impact crater for the Gibeon meteorite was ever located.
The view from the ground would have been terrifying and unforgettable. Anyone watching would have seen a streak of fire and smoke shortly followed by a deafening explosion and a shower of fireballs shrieking through the air at tens of times the speed of sound. The burning chunks of rock would have lit up the sky in all directions, raining down in long trails of smoke and fire.
What is the Gibeon meteorite made of?
The Gibeon meteorite is classified as an IVA iron octahedrite. It is mostly made up of iron and an iron-nickel alloy. The meteorite also contains cobalt, phosphorous, and traces of gallium, germanium, iridium, and rare silicates.
How rare is the material in Gibeon Meteorite Rings?
The debris field marking where pieces of the Gibeon eventually landed is about 70 miles wide and a full 230 miles long -- it is the largest known debris field of its kind in the world. Over 25 tons of the meteorite have been found in Namibia since its discovery in the 1830s. Thanks to advances in detection equipment, many more pieces of the meteorite may be recovered in the coming years.
Many pieces of the meteorite are available today and are a favorite material of our designers because of their unique Widmanstatten lines and remarkable stability. The government of Namibia, however, now prohibits the export of meteorite fragments. As these Meteorite Rings and other meteorite jewelry grow in popularity, they may become increasingly prized and rare.
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