3 Facts You Didn't Know about Swedish Muonionalusta Meteorite

Muonionalusta [mu-on-ee-oh-nah-lu-sta] (Swedish meteorite) is a world-renowned iron meteorite and is also one of the oldest meteorites on Earth. It fell to Earth over one million years ago, four glacial centuries came and passed, until it was finally excavated. Here are three things you might not know about this legendary Swedish meteorite.

Muonionalusta - A 'Must-Have' for Luxury Brands

Rolex Day-Date 118206 Watch

Rolex Day-Date 118206 Watch

Increasingly more luxury accessory and watch brands use Muonionalusta to make limited edition dials. Rolex, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hermès, and other world-famous brands have used this Swedish meteorite to make their own limited-edition watches. The models of many European and American luxury accessories that use meteorite are being made of using Swedish Muonionalusta meteorite. The meteorite made jewellery using Swedish Muonionalusta has been enthusiastically respected by collectors around the world. Here are some examples of those showcased by other jewelers.

Hermès Arceau L’Heure de La Lune

Hermès Arceau L’Heure de La Lune

Only Accounts For 10% of the Meteorite Content

In terms of composition, meteorites are divided into three main categories: stony meteorites, stony-iron meteorites, and iron meteorites. Iron meteorite is a very special kind of meteorite as this type only accounts for 10% of the total number of meteorite content thus making it fairly rare.

Iron meteorites are recognized by scientists as the "core of planets". This is because at the beginning formation of rocky planets, the main components are oxygen, silicon, aluminum, iron, calcium, and magnesium. This was the case for the Earth, the moon, Mars, and all other mature rocky planets.

The most important element, iron, gradually sinks to the deepest part of a planet and slowly accumulates into huge, high-purity iron cores. In the case of a big impact, even the deepest iron core of a planetoid will be exposed. If these chucks of asteroids deviate from an orbit, they will fall into the atmosphere of a planet to be burned and then explode, fragment again, and impact the surface. Although a large amount of mass was vaporized during the entry by being scattered and lost, and then finally, its essence was lost, parts of it can collected – This is the same for iron meteorites that came to Earth.

Meteorite Raw

Meteorite Raw Stone

The Swedish Muonionalusta meteorite belongs to the IVA type of iron meteorite, that is the classification given to it due to its fine-grained octahedron structure. The cut surface presents the unique Widmanstätten pattern of octahedral iron-nickel crystals. It is recognized as the most beautiful space texture in the world, and it is very ornamental and artistic.

Widmanstätten Meteorite

Widmanstätten Meteorite

Mysterious & Out of the Earth Substances

The Swedish meteorite contains many rare elements in addition to its iron and nickel grains. The Muonionalusta meteorite is the first to prove the existence of Stishovite super-quartz.

Super-quartz is a substance that does not exist naturally on Earth. A 2010 study reported detection of lead isotopes in Muonionalusta iron meteorites and concluded that the super-quartz in Muonionalusta meteorites came from a stellar impact event in the universe hundreds of millions of years ago. Perhaps, due to its vibration frequency of super-quartz, that this is what brings about the special healing properties found in Muonionalusta meteorite.

Because of the special material of iron and nickel contained in iron meteorites, Muonionalusta meteorites will have an oxidized appearance, but the compactness of its texture makes iron meteorites not easy to split apart and thus can be stored for a longer time.

After years of research, we has mastered the complex process of grinding meteorites, including the precious metal plating process on the surface of meteorites.

The surface of our silver meteorite is specially electroplated with a layer of platinum and silver, while the surface of the golden meteorite is electroplated with a layer of 18k gold. On the outer layer of these electroplated precious metals, there is also a nano-protective layer to protect the precious meteorites.

But just as famous watches require regular care and maintenance, so does the powerful Muonionalusta meteorite jewellery.

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