Hot Rock Stars: 9 Retail Items Made From Meteorites
The spectacular sight and sound of a large meteor not only shattered the skies above central Russia one cold clear February morning, it also sparked fear, curiosity and yes – desire – across the globe. Luckily there’s a heavenly assortment of meteorite products available for sale, so stop wishing on a falling star and whip out your wallets instead!
Antoine Preziuso T21 Muonionalusta Tourbillon
The unique “Only Watch 2005″ T21 Muonionalusta Tourbillon by Antoine Preziuso (above, left) features a case precision-milled from a single piece of the Muonionalusta meteorite. Complementing the case are a Mississippi alligator band, luminous “Feuille” hands and rhodium-plated decorative detailing. This watch sold for 60,000 euros.
(image via: Antiquorum)
The Muonionalusta meteorite was originally found near Kiruna, Sweden, in 1906. When polished, metal from this meteorite displays particularly striking Windmanstatten patterns formed only when molten metal cools ever so slowly over millions of years – an effect only possible in the airless reaches of outer space.
Meteorite Dice & Dwarven Stones
Gaming dice made from meteorite metal are about the closest thing to real magic RPG-enthusiasts are going to find. Take these Meteorite Dwarven Stones sold (when supply permits) by Crystal Caste. That’s a meteoric D20 above left, beside a milled titanium die, priced from $50 to $300 depending on size. The $100, 6-sided cubic die above right was sourced from the Ghubara meteorite that fell in Oman in 1954. Nine pieces weighing approximately 100 kg (about 220 lbs) were recovered.
Meteorite Christmas Ornament
(images via: CustomMade/John Biagiotti)
What do Martians hang on their Christmas trees? Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulators and meteorite-metal ornaments, of course! While the former is rather difficult to procure even if you’re name is Marvin, the latter is a different matter thanks to John Biagiotti of CustomMade.
(image via: CustomMade/John Biagiotti)
Priced between $3,000 and $4,000, the out-of-this-world ornament is made from metal sourced from the mainly iron, 57,000-lb+ Gibeon meteorite and the 3,100-lb+ stony-iron Huckitta meteorite. The hollowed sphere is held together with rare earth magnets and the decorative star and loop on the top are crafted from 18k gold with a small diamond set inside the top. The bottom half does double duty as a ring holder just in case splashing out four grand on an albeit unique Xmas ornament left a few more Franklins burning a hole in your pocket.