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SEYMCHAN SPHERE — AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL
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SEYMCHAN SPHERE — AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL

PALLASITE – PMG MAGADAN DISTRICT, RUSSIA (62°54’ N, 152°26’ E)

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SEYMCHAN SPHERE AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL CRYSTAL BALL
Pallasite – PMG
Magadan District, Russia (62°54’ N, 152°26’ E)
Originating from a large Seymchan meteorite sample that underwent a number of stages of grinding and polishing in a sphere-making apparatus. Dazzling amber-hued olivine crystals are distributed throughout a highly-polished iron-nickel matrix.
53mm (2in.) diameter
434g
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Lot Essay

Similar to the previous lots, less than 0.2% of all meteorites are pallasites, the most beautiful extraterrestrial substances known. Pallasites are formed at the core-mantle boundary of an asteroid that underwent mixing of molten metal from the core with olivine from the mantle. The result is olivine crystals in suspension in an iron-nickel matrix. Seymchan also contains gem-quality olivine otherwise known as peridot (birthstone of August). Pallasites are the most dazzling of all meteorites and this is a wondrous three-dimensional presentation of a pallasite, revealing aspects of the structure impossible to see in a flat slab. This specimen can rightfully be considered an otherworldly crystal ball.

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