Iron meteorites are rare, representing only 5 percent of meteorites. They have ingrowths of iron-nickel metals and are known for their silvery, metallic appearance. These meteorites can be purchased whole or carved down and sculpted to form metallic sculptures. They are also used to make various types of jewelry such as rings, watches, and pendants.
The final type of meteorite is the also the rarest, representing only 1 percent of all meteorites. Stoney iron meteorites are a mixture of iron-nickel metal and silicates; in addition to being rare, the highest-quality stony iron meteorite contains top-grade olivine (or Peridot). When properly sliced with a wet saw into pieces, collectors can enjoy the stained-glass nature of the olivine pallasite. Peridot can also be extracted from stony iron meteorites and cut into gem stones to be place in rings, necklaces, earrings, and other types of jewelry.
Meteorites come in different types and are collected in raw, whole form, in slices, and in jewelry. Many collectors appreciate the variety present in the different types of meteorites and collect multiple meteorites in their various forms.
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Touchstone gallery and Mineral and Fossil Galleries have an amazing assortment of meteorites, meteorite slices and meteorite jewelry. Touchstone Galleries has location in Sedona, Scottsdale, Taos, and Sante Fe with a big selection of museum quality minerals and fossils.