Moon & Stars pairs lunar dust from the bright highlands of the moon with a dense asteroid forged during the birth of our solar system. Handcrafted here at Mini Museum, this two strand, sterling silver necklace features two specimens: a complete Campo del Cielo meteorite and a Swarovski crystal backed with lunar dust from meteorite NWA 5000.
Both chains are cable-style Sterling Silver. The top chain measures 16 inches (~40cm) and the bottom chain measures 18 inches (~46cm). The chains connect by means of a spring clasp. Each setting is also Sterling Silver.
The necklace comes in a decorative box and includes a small information card about the specimens.
Discovered in Morocco in 2007, the NWA 5000 meteorite is one of the largest lunar meteorites. Its composition suggests a highlands origin. The highlands of the moon are the white areas we can see with the naked eye here on Earth. These regions are dominated by a range of intrusive igneous rocks, such as the gabbro of NWA 5000. Known in geology as anorthosites, these rocks form when large plumes of magma cool and crystallize within the crust. The darker areas of the moon, known as "seas" due to their visual appearance, are basalts created during volcanic floods on the surface.
Campo del Cielo is often referred to as a single meteorite but it is in fact a broad term defining a meteorite field in the Chaco Province of Northwest Argentina. There are numerous large craters here and radiocarbon dating of charred tree stumps place the date of the impact at roughly 2500 BCE. The tale of the original fall was passed down from generation to generation and woven into local legends.
The region, known as Piguem Nonraltá, became a place of pilgrimage, worship, and industry. The indigenous Quechuan name translates to Spanish as Campo del Cielo or "Field of Heaven." The name was recorded in 1576 CE by the Governor of the provinces of Tucumán, Gonzalo de Abreu y Figueroa, as the Spanish searched for the source of iron being used in indigenous weapons and possible silver deposits.
More recent studies have shown that Campo del Cielo is an IAB iron meteorite. As with other meteorites in this class, radioisotopic dating of silicate inclusions places the age of the main mass at roughly 4,400,000-4,500,000 years old.
Moon & Stars Necklace
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