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i was gifted this large and heavy piece and was told it's a gibeon meteor from africa. given these photos, is there any way to confirm this is actually a meteorite? at its widest and longest points it's about 135mm x 75mm and i haven't put it on a scale but it's at least 7 or 8lbs.

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I'm almost certain it's a meteorite just from looking at it. If you wanted to have a slice etched for the widmanstatten pattern, that would confirm it 100%.

http://www.arizonaskiesmeteorites.com/Widmanstatten/

http://www.meteorlab.com/METEORLAB2001dev/widpatrn.htm

that's beautiful! can you suggest a good source for having it sliced? would cutting it reduce any value it might have for a collector?

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Looks like it could also be a Canyon Diablo, like connorp said the W. pattern would help you figure it out, but you'd have to cut it. It's a very nice looking iron, not sure if I would cut it were it mine.

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Looks like it could also be a Canyon Diablo, like connorp said the W. pattern would help you figure it out, but you'd have to cut it. It's a very nice looking iron, not sure if I would cut it were it mine.

I agree with Mike on this. That is one pretty meteorite. But if you still want to have it cut, try this place.

http://montanameteoritelab.com/index.htm

You would still need to have the pieces etched. Here's an article that explains it.

http://www.meteorite-times.com/articles/etching-iron-meteorites/

If you decide to have the etching done, I'm sure someone from Montana Meteorite Lab could recommend someone if they don't do it themselves.

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thanks for the feedback folks, it helps a lot. i'm not sure i want to cut it if the only purpose would be to reveal the w pattern. it seems to me that keeping it intact would be better in terms of preserving aethestic and collector value of this piece. i plan to keep it but if i ever did decide to give it up, i'd hate to ruin it for someone else.

how could i put a value on it?

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  • 11 months later...

It could also be a Campo De Cielo. I have seen many that looked like that. With no bill of sale, Identification

card, or certificate of authenticity from the seller, there is no provenance, which changes it from a specific,

known, classified type. Should you cut it to find out which one it is? That's a tough call after you compare

the prices of Campos, Canyon Diablos, Gibeons, and a few others. It IS very pretty as is.

Ben

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