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Information about Meteorites
A meteroid is a small rocky or metallic body in outer space. As they enter the atmosphere and are heated, they are referred to as a meteor. When they strike a planets surface, they are referred to as a meteorite.
There are three main classifications of meteorite – iron, stone, and stony-iron.
Meteorites are used for a couple of things. Obviously, they make wonderful specimen objects for museums and collections, and smaller pieces at a lower price make amazing scientific gifts, especially for kids.
Jewellers sometimes use slices of Nickel Iron meteorites with a Widmanstätten pattern in jewellery. It contrasts quite nicely with Silver and Gold, and many people love the gorgeous striped patterns.
Some blacksmiths have made knives and other pieces from Meteoritic Iron. It was recently discovered that Ancient Egyptians used meteoritic Iron, including some items found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
So… where do they come from?
I think an explanation of meteors and meteorites has to explain both their origin, and the ‘steps’ they take before they hit the Earth.
It isn’t easy to distil the information into a paragraph or two.
Essentially, in space, pieces fracture off comets, asteroids, pieces of debris from impacts into larger bodies, etc. As these head towards a planet, they are referred to as meteoroids.
When they enter the atmosphere, chemical reactions and friction cause it to heat up and form a ‘fireball’ or shooting star, which is correctly referred to as a meteor. When a meteor strikes the ground, it is referred to as a meteorite.
Some larger pieces are known as bolides, which are meteorites large enough to leave an impact crater.
Smaller pieces are referred to as micrometeorites or space dust.
Now, you may think meteorites are rare, valuable items, but they aren’t especially rare. There are around 40,000 well documented meteorite falls, and an estimated 15,000 tons of space dust, micrometeorites, etc fall every year. A lot burn up in the atmosphere, but many do land.
Okay! What are they made of?
While there are a lot of falls worldwide every year, this does not mean certain types of meteorite are not very valuable.
There are three broad classifications of meteorites, which are Stony Meteorites, Iron Meteorites, and Stony-Iron meteorites.
Stony Meteorites (Aerolites) are the most common type that falls to Earth; however, they tend to be similar in composition to Earth rocks, which makes them somewhat harder to identify.
There are two types of stony meteorites – chondrites, and achondrites. Chondrites have small spheres inside, which are typically Olivine or glassy, whereas achondrites do not.
Iron Meteorites (Siderites) are the most commonly found type, as they are relatively easy to distinguish from Earth rocks, and can be found with a metal detector. There have been some very large falls of this kind. The Campo del Cielo fall in Argentina and the Sikhote-Alin fall in Russia are both relatively common and we often have pieces in stock from those falls.
Stony-Iron meteorites (Siderolites) are somewhat rarer, and contain proportions of both minerals and metals. There are two kinds, mesosiderites and pallasites. Mesosiderites are a brecciated stone with Iron, whereas Pallasites are an Iron matrix with minerals embedded – typically Olivine. These pieces are quite sought after, and are sometimes sold polished into slabs or spheres.
These pieces can land anywhere on Earth! As they are extra-terrestrial, there are no ‘locales’ other than the areas where large meteorites have impacted.
Hazards and warnings
As meteorites are rocks or pieces of metal from space, you cannot guarantee their composition without expensive testing. Most of the pieces we sell are lower end, and do not contain any exotic minerals or inclusions.
However, one very common issue would be the Nickel content in Iron-Nickel pieces; an estimated 10-20% of the population has a Nickel allergy.
Obviously, there are dangers from Meteorite falls themselves! An American woman was injured by a fall in 1954.
A meteorite fall in Peru in 2007 actually led to illness through locals inhaling boiled vapours from groundwater.
Spirituality and crystal healing with Meteorites
We offer some collated information on crystal healing and metaphysical uses of crystals below.
However, we believe crystals and crystal healing should be used alongside medicine and treatment options, not instead of them. Crystal healing is a great way to keep a positive mindset during hard times, and it may complement any other medical treatments you are undergoing.
With the exception of an allergy to a stone, or mishandling a toxic or poisonous stone, there should be no reason reiki or crystal healing can’t be done alongside traditional medical procedures.
Nickel Iron meteorites are thought to help with the blood and circulatory system – this is likely to be due to the Iron content of blood itself. They may also help you to ground you emotionally.
Chondrite or Stony meteorites are thought to help support your bones, and some people also believe they can help with access to the Akashic records.
Pallasite meteorites, or Achondrites, contain Iron and Olivine which are also known as Peridot. There is no reason these pieces would not combine the healing powers of both of these materials.
We do not recommend making ‘gemstone elixirs’ in general – whether you’re using a gemstone, mineral, crystal, or glass. If you do choose to make elixirs we would recommend an indirect method.
You shouldn’t really leave any meteorite in water, as they all contain at least some Iron which could leach into the water. It may also damage or rust your meteorite!
You could use an indirect method to make your elixirs, either by placing a glass full of stones into your elixir container, or by placing the stones around the outside of your elixir container. Some people suggest using Quartz points alongside these stones in order to amplify and direct the energy into the water.
These pieces tend to be connected to a fair few different chakras – the root, solar plexus, third eye, crown and heart chakras are all mentioned!
Some sources say it can be used with any chakra. Perhaps this is because of the varying contents of each meteorite.
Several sources state that meteorites are used with every zodiac sign. This may be because the composition varies piece by piece.
Combining with other stones
Meteorites can be discharged with Hematite pieces. They can also be charged with either Clear Quartz or Amethyst. They can, of course, be combined with Tektites such as Moldavite or Libyan Desert Glass.
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External links and further reading
Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteorite
Encyclopedia Britannica page: https://www.britannica.com/science/meteorite
University of Leicester page on meteorites: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/physics/research/xroa/astronomical-facilities-1/educational-guide/meteorites