All about meteorites in meteorite inlay wedding rings…
Meteors are space debris that constantly pelt the planet, from far reaches of the universe. Meteor showers like the Leonid or Perseid meteor showers are quite commonplace and as a phenomenon, occur more times in a single year, than lightning strikes and eclipses. Meteorites are fragments of meteors that are deposited in the earth’s crust when a meteor crashes or strikes. While meteor strikes are frequent, meteorite inlay wedding rings are significantly less common and quite the rage among people today. There are many reasons for their popularity and price, rarity, quirkiness and display value are chief amongst these.
Meteorite inlay wedding rings are so called because a layer, design or pattern in a ring, is actually grafted from a meteor. Meteor strikes sites the world over have become sources of valuable raw materials for a host of jewelry and non jewelry based products. Meteorite inlay wedding rings, contain materials that are sourced from one among several hundred sites around the world. Primarily two types of meteorites are used in meteorite inlay wedding rings, the Gibeon and Seymchan meteorite. Gibeon, located in Africa, is one of the main supply sources of meteorite material for meteorite inlay wedding rings. The Seymchan meteor strike in Siberia, Russia, is another important site for the supply of meteorite inlay wedding ring material.
Gibeon Meteor: The Gibeon meteor is said to have struck the earth over 30,000 years ago in Africa. Iron and nickel alloys that are quite alien to the earth are the primary components of the Gibeon meteor, which gives meteorite inlay wedding rings a rare and unique look. It is said that the Gibeon meteor is actually the core of a now dead planet, that exploded several billion years ago.The beautiful crystalline patterns within Gibeon meteorites are known as "Widmanstatten patterns", and are unique to meteorites, and give meteor inlay wedding rings their distinctive allure and aesthetic.
Seymchan Meteorite: The Seymchan meteorite has been a steady source of coarser octahedrite ferric material for the inlays in meteorite inlay wedding rings since the 60s. The presence of octahedrite iron in the Seymchan meteorite means that the Widmanstatten patterns that are microscopic in the Gibeon meteorites, are coarser and more prominent in these. This makes this particular type of meteorite quite appealing to the male population who aren’t particularly enthused by subtle or daintier patterns. A Seymchan meteorite therefore makes perfect gentleman’s meteorite inlay wedding rings.
A note to the reader: While Gibeon and Seymchan are two actual places that these meteorites are mined for your meteorite inlay wedding rings, they are more representative of the two types of meteorites that are commonly used in making rings, than of the actual place that they originate from.