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Beautiful FUKANG Meteorite Pendant - Jewelry

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  • $ 375.00


On Offer: Fukang Pallasite Meteorite Pendant - Translucent when held up to the light!

Type: Pallasite

Origin: China

Official name: Fukang

Description: Meteorite Pendant in Sterling Silver Setting. 

Fun Information: The Fukang pallasite is one of the most beautiful meteorites in the world. Discovered in China, this amazing pallasite displays large translucent green and yellow olivine crystals set into a solid iron-nickel alloy matrix. 

The pallasite meteorites are part of the stoney-iron meteorites and are thought to have been liberated by cataclysmic collisions with huge planetary bodies large enough to have undergone "planetary differentiation" and had the iron and other heavy metals gravitationally drawn to the center to form a core. The pallasites represents the transition zone between the iron core and stoney mantle. As the celestial parent body of this amazing meteorite cooled, so did the liquid iron in and around the core. Olivine phenocrysts that have a higher melting point than the liquid iron-nickel they were floating in eventually got locked into the cooling and solidifying metal. So this really is jewelry forged in the heart of a planet. Specifically in the transition zone between the core and mantle of a large differentiated planetary body...we just aren't exactly certain which one! 

What you get: Fukang pallasite meteorite pendant set in sterling silver as shown, Certificate of Authenticity signed by Top Meteorite's Curator of Collections.

Whenever possible, Top Meteorite acquires meteorites direct from the source, allowing us to offer exceptional quality specimens at very reasonable prices.

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Basic information Name: Fukang
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite. 
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2000
Country: China 
Mass: 1 t
Meteoritical Bulletin:   MB 90  (2006)   Pallasite-Main gr
Recommended:   Pallasite, PMG   

This is 1 of 42 approved meteorites (plus 1 unapproved name) classified as Pallasite, PMG. 

Comments: Approved 3 Feb 2006
Revised 26 May 2009: Revised pallasite classifications

Writeup from MB 90:

Fukang  44°26′N, 87°38′E

Fukang, Xinjiang Province

Find: 2000

Pallasite (main group)

History: An anonymous finder recovered a 1003 kg specimen near Fukang, China, in 2000. The sample was at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February 2005, and seen by D. S. Lauretta of UAz. Approximately 20 kg had been removed from the main mass by the finder before the Tuscon show and the mass investigated at UAz was 983 kg. (D. S. Lauretta, D. Hill, M. Killgore, D. Della-Giustina, Y. Goreva, UAz; I. Franchi, OpenU).

Petrography and Geochemistry: Olivine: Throughout the large mass, olivines vary in shape from rounded to angular; many are fractured. They range in size from <5 mm to several cm. The main pallasite contains several regions of “massive” olivine clusters up to 11 cm in diameter with thin metal veins only a few millimeters in width. Fo86.4 with molar Fe/Mg = 0.1367, Fe/Mn = 40.37, and Ni = 0.03 wt%. Zoning was not observed for Al, Cr, Ca, Mn, or Fe typical of olivines in main-group pallasites. Metal and sulfides: Groundmass is mostly kamacite with some occurrences of kamacite mantles surrounding taenite cores, rounded taenite adjacent to kamacite, and regions of “comb plessite. ” Kamacite contains an average Ni = 6.98 wt%. Schreibersite is enclosed by wide kamacite bands and as mantles adjacent to olivines. Two populations of schreibersite are present with Ni = 26 and 35 wt% near chromite. Vermicular sulfide (troilite) is present in some olivine. Thin veins of kamacite and troilite occur inside many olivines as well. Minor phases: Euhedral chromites up to 0.5 cm, rounded whitlockite adjacent to olivine, and troilite heterogeneously distributed in thin veins. Several regions, ranging from <100 µm to several millimeters, that contain a complex mixture of olivine, low-Ca pyroxene, troilite, and whitlockite were observed adjacent to chromite. Bulk composition: Fe = 89.9 ± 0.3, Ni = 9.0 ± 0.2, P = 0.62 ± 0.02, Co = 0.51 ± 0.01 (all wt%); Ge = 41 ± 4, As = 26 ± 5, Ga = 19.1 ± 0.5, Pd = 5.1 ± 0.2, Au = 2.6 ± 0.2, (all µg/g); Ir = 43 ± 4 ng/g. Oxygen isotopes: δ18O = 2.569, δ17O = 1.179, ∆1 7O = −0.157 (all ‰).

Classification: Pallasite (main group).

Specimens: A total of 31 kg of type specimen is on deposit at UAz. M. Killgore holds a total of 31 kg. An anonymous collector holds the main mass.

Plots: O isotopes:  
   and collections
UAz: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, 1629 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721, United States (institutional address; updated 14 Jan 2012)
Killgore: Marvin and Kitty Killgore, Southwest Meteorite Laboratory, P.O. Box 95, Payson, AZ 85547, United States; (private address)
OpenU: Planetary and Space Sciences Department of Physical Sciences The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom, United Kingdom (institutional address; updated 8 Dec 2011)





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