An Uncommon Material
Meteorite is not the most common material for jewelry, so naturally we answer many questions and address many concerns about how meteorite should be worn and how it changes as it is worn.
Does Meteorite Rust?
Meteorite is composed of iron (and nickel), which means that it does have the potential to form rust. However, if your meteorite jewelry is worn on a regular basis, rust should not be a problem, and it can always be cleaned if needed.
Meteorite Jewelry Allergies
Meteorite jewelry may not be for everyone. If you know that you have metal sensitivities, especially to iron or nickel, meteorite jewelry is probably not the best choice for you. Our rings are made with an inner band and rails of gold, silver, or stainless steel to lessen direct contact with the meteorite, but it is possible for the surrounding fingers to react.
The crystalline pattern, known as Widmanstätten, is formed as the meteorite is cooling. The jewelry is etched in order to accentuate this patterning. Each piece is unique and varies. It is common for cracks, divots, etc. to be present in the piece. This is part of the formation of the meteorite.
Meteorite Jewelry Care Tips
To keep your meteorite jewelry looking great, we recommend removing it prior to activities that could create rust or heavily burnish the metal, such as swimming, weightlifting, yard work, rock climbing, etc. Rings should be removed prior to contact with chemicals and cleaning solutions. They can be worn while washing your hands, however. Like all metals, the patterning will burnish and become less visible in rings as the metal comes into contact with surfaces in daily wear. This is normal, and it is possible to restore the pattern by etching it again.
Coatings On Meteorite
We often have clients ask about coating meteorite jewelry with some type of clear, protective layer. We do not recommend coatings because they wear off eventually, but not evenly and not all at once. Because of that, it’s possible for moisture to enter in a spot where the coating has worn off, but then become trapped. That is when rust can become a real problem.
How Our Rings Are Made
Our rings are one solid continuous circle of meteorite. There really is no beginning and no end. An inner band and rails are soldered to the meteorite. Then it is etched to enhance the Widmanstätten patterning.
We also have clients ask which meteorite we use. Most of the time we use Muonionalusta, which is classified as a fine octahedrite. It is 4.5 billion years old, and it impacted northern Scandinavia about a million years ago. The first fragment was found in 1906. Today we are able to use this amazing space metal to create unique pieces of jewelry.
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