Muonionalusta Meteorite History and Uses
The rock comes from the Muonionalusta meteorite, which hit the earth several million years ago and was found in 1906 in Kiruna, Sweden.
In 1906, the first Muonionalusta meteorite was discovered near the village of Kitkiojarvi in Sweden. About forty pieces have been exploited, some of which are pretty large. Other debris was found concentrated in the Pajala District of Norrbotten Province, about 140 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Many meteorite hunters search for treasure here all year round.
In 1910, the meteorite was first announced to the public by Professor A.G.Hogbom. He named the meteorite "Muonionalusta" after a place near the Muonio River. The name Muonionalusta is difficult for some people to pronounce: muoni on the Muonio River-apparently [mu -o-ni-o-na-lu-sta] or /Moo-oh-ne-oh-nah-loo-stah/meaning 'food'); - (o)n- may be a required conjunction; the last element alusta means base or foundation, so it means the bottom of Munio river.
Later on, professor Nils Göran David Malmqvist also conducted in-depth meteorite research in 1948. And he found that Muonionalusta may be the oldest known meteorite (45,653 million years old). Scientifically, it marks the first discovery of ultra-quartz in iron meteorites. Studies have shown that it is the oldest meteor that visited the Earth during the Quaternary period about a million years ago and was the iron core of an asteroid. When it fell on our planet, it shattered into many pieces.
Stishovite is a high-pressure polymorph of Si02. It is a scarce mineral and only found in the context of a few meteorite impact structures. Meteorite quartz is impossible to find in an asteroid with an iso-nuclear pressure matrix. Therefore, one can boldly assume that the formation of stalagmites in the Muonionalusta meteorite is related to the impact event. A 2010 study reported the dating of lead isotopes in the Muonionalusta meteorite and concluded that stishovite came from an impact event hundreds of millions of years ago.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Geological Properties
Muonionalusta is a very rare and large meteorite slice from Sweden.
Muonionalusta meteorite comes from a very remote area in the northern coniferous forest, where they have been preserved by permafrost and glaciers for thousands of years.
About 1 million years ago, a substantial alien iron mass landed in the northern part of Sweden. Upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere, a vast explosion must have occurred, tearing the asteroid into countless fragments. These fragments fell on a sizeable stray field north of the Arctic Circle.
Scandinavia has experienced multiple ice ages, so heavy ice sheets are repeatedly pushed from north to south. As a result, the normal mode of the scattered field has changed.
The found meteorites are classified as iron meteorites, fine octahedral IVA class. The Muonionalusta meteorite is one of the most beautifully etched meteorites. Cutting and etching show a perfect Widmannstätten pattern, sometimes containing rare minerals such as Troilite or Stishovit.
Are Meteorites Radioactive?
No. The wearable meteorite beads are carefully processed for safety wear. Meteorites contain radioactive elements, but not significantly more than any terrestrial rock. And those crafted for daily wear pieces are taken special care of by AWNL.
Differentiate Meteorites, Meteoroids, or Meteors
Meteoroids are space rocks. When the meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere at high speed, they will burn up as a fireball, called a shooting star or meteor. And when the meteors hit the earth and survive the trip, the remaining material on the planet is called a meteorite.
What Are the Muonionalusta Meteorite Benefits?
A gift from the cosmos, the Muonionalusta meteorite, with its natural beauty and highly vibrating nature, is believed to boost one’s mental and spiritual growth. Suppose you are at one of your life's cross-road or feeling at the valley of your emotion. This material, as Crown chakra, can help provide emotional balance and extraterrestrial awareness to heal your mind. Jewelry pieces made of this material can also serve as an original and unique gift to those fascinated by astral travels, giving them a journey through space and time.
Meteorite Value - Why Is Muonionalusta Meteorite So Valuable?
“The Muonionalusta meteorite is truly something special, " says astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Müller, based at Munich’s Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. He is a scientific adviser to the BMW NIGHT SKY project and an enthusiastic Muonionalusta meteorite. It has proved to be the oldest iron meteorite we have on Earth. Its value also lies in its extraordinary aesthetics, as the exquisite Widmanstätten patterns are marked on this meteorite.
The fascinating thing Müller found about this meteorite was that their unique Widmanstätten patterns could not be reproduced on Earth. “Widmanstätten patterns arise when a liquid alloy of iron and nickel cools down very slowly in low-gravity conditions – in other words, by only 1 degree Celsius every thousand years.”
Meteorite Jewellery – Reaching for the Stars, A Romance from the Space
Rare and glittering as diamond is, compared with the Muonionalusta meteorite from 1 million years ago, the material seems to be a bit of a cliché for expressing love and romance nowadays.
Whether representing guiding stars in outer space or expressing a wish upon a shooting star, the meteorite is always a better fit than any other gemstone or semi-precious stone on earth. It brings the sparkling starry sky to your reach and the whole beauty of the Milky Way. No wonder Rolls-Royce and BMW use this genuine meteorite for interior decoration in their Phantom Tranquility Collection and Individual M850i NIGHT SKY series. And AWNL uses this divine creation to bring a journey through space and time.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Jewelry in Sliced Design
The sliced muonionalusta meteorite design gives the best view of the Widmanstätten pattern. A simple glance can draw significant attention to the unique nature-born texture of the meteorite. AWNL forges muonionalusta meteorite bracelets and pendants with Scandi myths and romantic stories to add extra beauty to the already splendored jewelry piece.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Jewellery in Pyramid Design
In ancient times, the pyramid is used for worshipping the god of the sun and the pursuit of eternity. The ancient Egyptians believed in gods very piously, especially the sun god. Wearing a pyramid-shaped meteorite connects the present time with the heavenly universe, bringing unparalleled protection and immersive power. The pyramid can be triangle-based or square based.
AWNL interstellar collection features a pyramid meteorite design to bring the protection of ancient Egyptian myths to our wearers.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Jewellery in Sphere Design
The sphere-shaped meteorite resembles the planet in outer space, wearing them as if wearing an actual earth spinning around you. AWNL adopts cutting-edge craftsmanship to maintain the presence of Widmanstätten pattern on all angles and plated them with rhodium, white gold, rose gold, and gold color, each representing the full moon, the red lunar eclipse, and the orange moon.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Jewellery in Irregular-Shaped Design
The irregularly shaped meteorite design takes the form of an original rock - genuine, masculine, and wild. It resembles the ever-changing world without a fixed shape or pattern and encourages the wearers to think out of the box, forming and reforming with the pace of the world.
Muonionalusta Meteorite Jewellery in Cubical Design
A cube, a three-dimensional square, symbolizes the stability and permanence of geometric perfection. It represents the final stage of a cycle of immobility. AWNL takes this form to bring solidity and the persistence of virtues.