Description

    IMILAC METEORITE SLICE: JEWELED WONDER
    Pallasite, PMG
    Antofagasta, Chile (24° 12' 12"S, 68° 48' 24"W)
    Found: 1822

    Pallasites are arguably the most attractive of all the meteorites. The stark contrast between the gemmy Olivine inclusions and the shining Nickel-Iron alloy that they are embedded in, conjures up thoughts of stained glass windows and the like. There have even been a few faceted gems fashioned from some of the larger Olivine inclusions. Imilac is a pretty meteorite, with transparent golden windows that light up stunningly when the slice is lit from behind. The first Imilac was found in 1822 and occasional finds are still made in this forbidding and desolate region of the not-so-user-friendly: Atacama Desert of Chile. This slice of that Pallasite has been polished and etched on both sides to better display its Widmanstätten pattern. There are an abnormally high percentage of Olivine crystals in the sample: some areas are virtually all Olivine, with, but a small amount of Nickel-Iron alloy holding them together. This piece is accompanied by a label from the John D. Macdonald Collection.
    Overall Measurements: 7.88 x 5.38 x 0.15 inches (20 x 13.65 x 0.38 cm), weighs 259 gm (9.13 oz.)

    Provenance: Ex John D. Macdonald Collection


    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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