Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How Meteorite Jewellery Is Made

Guest post by Richard Garner from thespacecollective.com

People have been fascinated for quite a long time by meteorite jewellery. This jewellery is made from meteors that fall on the earth, and shaped into various beads, pendants, and different jewellery types. While someone may think that meteorite jewellery sounds quite costly, it’s in fact quite common. For many years, meteors have been falling into the earth’s atmosphere. These meteors are collected by people who turn them into various beautiful items. In the past, our ancestors even used to build weapons from meteorites.

For many centuries, people have loved the beauty of wearing meteorite jewellery. These jewelleries are very common because you can even easily find a space shop which provides meteorite jewellery online. People love it not just because it’s fashionable, but because they believe that it hold various different healing properties. Although today, most of these qualities have been refuted by science, we simply cannot get enough of this fun jewellery. If you’ve never heard of meteorite jewellery, you’re possibly wondering what all this fuss is about.

If you are a skilled jewellery maker, it’s easy to buy meteorites over the internet and convert them into bracelets and necklaces. Some jewelers like coating the stone with pewter and adding and eye to string through. Others get fine meteorite dust pieces and add them in metal jewellery work.

If the meteorite material is strong and top-notch, you can drill through it to make beads. The only thing that hinders most jewelers is their imagination. You can really make simply about anything from meteorites.

Meteorite Jewellery necklace
(L) meteorite from NW Africa, Hupé Collection (R) meteorite from the Natan fall in China

86% of meteorites are rocky and stone-like, referred to as chondrites. They’re called chondrites due to the round grains known as chondrules that were formed from once molten droplets in space. These chondrites are sold in whole or in slices and are bought by collectors who value the outer fusion and inner metallic flecks of meteorite. These can as well be smoothed and shaped into jewellery or sculptures. A sub type of the stony meteorite is achondrite – so known for the reason that it doesn’t comprise chondrules. This meteorite is rarer than chondrites; only 8% of meteorites are achondrites. They’ve an igneous, basaltic look like moon rocks and are admired for their more-crystalline interior. They are as well sold whole or in slices.

One thing about meteorites is that they are mostly brown in colour. So you have look for wonderful colored gemstones you can mix with meteorite. You can make polished ruby crystals or ruby cabs. Ruby is quite harder. It falls 9 on the hardness scale and one below diamond. You need to use diamond pads, pastes, and disks to cut facets and refine ruby. One strange thing concerning the hardness scale is that its increments aren’t spaced regularly. But, if these increments were spaced with more real hardness then diamond would be on the order of 40. It’s that harder than corundum. A stone meteorite contains minerals and is fairly soft. Of course, except for the diamonds in carbonaceous chondrites and urelites.

If you are looking for a good gift for someone special or just to delight in them, there are many jewellery stores where you may find these unique jewelleries.

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