Pallasite - PAL
    Chubut, Argentina - (42° 54'S, 71° 20'W)
    Pallasites are among the most aesthetically dazzling meteorites in the world, and Esquel is among the most coveted of pallasites. Esquel's crystals were not heavily shocked; as a result, it has highly transparent forest-green to amber olivine crystals, which are suspended in a gleaming nickel-iron matrix. This specimen contains facet-grade olivine or peridot (birthstone of August). With one edge of fusion crust, this superior partial slice embodies Esquel's most exquisite qualities - it would prove difficult to find a more alluring meteorite. Indeed, small specimens of Esquel were the first pallasitic material to be utilized in jewelry. It is worth noting that the giant complete slice of Esquel on display at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth & Space has a Macovich Collection provenance-as does this estimable partial slice. 144 x 252 x 4mm (5.66 x 10 x 0.2 inches) and 605.78 grams (1.33 pounds)

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    14th Sunday
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