- Jewelry Type: Pallasite Meteorite Necklace
- Pendant Measurements: Approximately 1 1/4″ round
- Additional Information: Sterling silver encapsulates a beautifully prepared pallasite meteorite. Iron with gorgeous translucent olivine crystals!
Round Pallasite Meteorite Necklace
Pallasites are perhaps the most alluring of all meteorites, and they are certainly of great interest to collectors and enthusiasts. Pallasites consist of a nickel-iron matrix rich in colorful olivine crystals. When olivine crystals are of sufficient purity and display an emerald- green color, they are known as the gemstone peridot.
When cut and polished into thin slabs, the crystals in pallasites sometimes become translucent (as shown here), giving them a remarkable otherworldly beauty. While micro-diamonds have been found in some meteorites, notably the carbonaceous chondrite Allende [see our Stones page], pallasites are the only meteorites that contain gemstones easily visible to the naked eye.
Pallasites are believed to have formed at the core/mantle boundary of large asteroids and they are extremely rare. As of 2021, out of the approximately 65,000 officially recognized meteorites, there are only 131 known pallasites!