Our Gibeon rings are made from high grade pieces of Gibeon Meteorite. The Gibeon is a fine octahedrite iron meteorite which flamed into our atmosphere as a visible star-like streak an estimated 30,000 years ago, landing in what is present day Namibia. Prior to this, the Gibeon meteorite traveled through space for over four billion years before it was finally trapped by the Earth's gravitational field and pulled to earth as a fire ball. It is composed primarily of various alloys of iron and nickel, as well as a number of extremely rare trace elements. It was derived from the core of an extinct planet that was blown apart billions of years ago during the formation of our solar system by a catastrophic impact event. The beautiful crystalline patterns within Gibeon meteorites are known as "Widmanstatten patterns", and are unique to meteorites.
WARNING: We would like take this opportunity to remind people that iron Meteorite jewelry contains iron which is naturally attracted to magnets. To prevent having your jewelry pulled or yanked by a strong magnet avoid strong magnetic fields while wearing meteorite jewelry or Damascus steel jewelry (e.g. MRI machines, powerful electro-magnets, rare-earth magnets, etc.)
High resolution image of one of our Style #002 Seamless Gibeon Meteorite Rings showing beautiful Widmanstatten Patterns.
Not all Gibeon meteorites are of equal quality. We are professional meteorite dealers and experts at the selection and preparation of Gibeon meteorites. Our Gibeons have beautiful Widmanstatten patterns. We have noticed that some of the meteorite rings on the market today appear to have indistinct, grainy or non-existent "Widmanstatten patterns". This can occur through improper selection or improper handling of the meteorite. So, if a Widmanstatten pattern is important to you, make sure that you can see them when selecting a source for your meteorite ring. Widmanstatten patterns can only form over millions of years of cooling. It has been estimated that it took about 1000 years for these molten pieces of planetary core to cool by just 1 degree Celsius! There isn't any material on Earth that exhibits the Widmanstatten pattern of meteorites, and each piece of meteorite has its own unique pattern. The beautiful crystalline patterns characteristic of iron meteorites are more than just beautiful oddities-they tell us about their composition an how long it took for the planetary core from which the meteorite is derived to cool!
Though the Gibeon meteorite was "officially" discovered in the Namibian desert in 1838, local craftsmen had been making spear points and other tools out of the fragments for perhaps thousands of years. The meteorite is etched with an acid to reveal its natural Widmanstatten pattern, which is unique to each ring.
Caveat Emptor: Beware of cheap (or expensive) imitations! As the price of Gibeon has gone up over the past few years, there appears to be a disconcerting trend of some individuals offering the Rust-Prone 'Muonionalusta' meteorites as stable "Gibeon" meteorites. Muonionalusta meteorites looks superficially similar to Gibeon when cut and etched, however, in our experience they tend to be much more prone to rusting, much more common and much, much cheaper. Muonionalusta is what we refer to as a "Ruster" meteorite. When made into jewelry, Muonionalusta is often so unstable that it needs to be plated with some precious metal to temporarily keep it from rusting away. We were recently contacted by a Chinese jewelry manufacturer looking to buy large quantities of Muonionalusta meteorites for use in jewelry and for resale. We informed them that muonionalusta was not suitable for jewelry but that didn't phase them a bit. They said that they needed up to one ton of muonionalusta per year! They sent us a photo showing an example of their meteorite jewelry (which appeared to us to be plated). When we looked them up online, they were selling what appeared to be the exact same product as "Gibeon" meteorite jewelry! Who knows how much fake "Gibeon" has been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
In the past several months we have observed several very well known professional meteorite dealers selling Muonionalusta as "Gibeon". When we pointed out their error they corrected their listings, however this serves to highlight the importance of buying your meteorite jewelry from someone that knows the difference between the rust prone Muonionalusta and the Stable Gibeon meteorites. If professional meteorite dealers can confuse the two, how is a jeweler, who is totally inexperienced in meteorite identification going to be able to guarantee that you are getting real Gibeon meteorite in your jewelry? Unlike many, we are experienced professional meteorite dealers. We can distinguish between Muonionalusta and Gibeon meteorites and since we cut and prepare all of the meteorites used in our Seamless line of meteorite rings, we know exactly what kind of meteorite our rings are made of, and we Guarantee their authenticity. Less experienced individuals can easily be fooled by the superficially similar appearance of Muonionalusta to Gibeon, and given the large quantities of muonionalusta being sold as Gibeon these days, it is even more important to purchase your expensive meteorite jewelry from meteorite experts. Buyer beware!