Our meteorite rings are made by inlaying Gibeon Meteorite into rings made of materials such as titanium, Damascus steel, gold, or other precious or alternative metals. The Gibeon Meteorite used in our rings comes from a meteorite that formed in space four billion years ago. It exploded when it entered the Earth's atmosphere and scattered pieces in the desert of Namibia, Africa over an area that is 171 miles long and 62 miles wide.
There are a few ways to tell that a ring has authentic meteorite. The first way is to look for the Widmanstätten pattern. The Widmanstätten pattern is unique to each piece of meteorite. While there are some people out there who fake it, they generally don't look very good and compared to a real meteorite ring it is easy to see the pattern is fake. The second way is to look for inclusions. As meteorite is natural it is not perfect and can have inclusions in it as shown below. The third way is to check if a magnet is attracted to it. Real meteorite is mostly iron so magnets are attracted to it. The fourth way is to look for rust. While ideally your meteorite ring should stay rust free, if it does ever rust this is actually an additional sign that it is real meteorite. As meteorite is mostly iron it does have potential to rust. This is why it should be kept away from harsh chemicals. If your ring does ever rust, it can easily be removed and is covered by our Lifetime Warranty.
Inclusions are tiny holes or dark spots on the surface of the meteorite. They are often caused by traces of certain metals. These inclusions are important clues to the meteorites authenticity and origin. Below are some examples of normal inclusions.
This shows a normal seam near the top of the ring.
This inclusion didn't show until after the diamond was set and the etching of the meteorite was complete.
This is around the largest inclusion you would see. There is nothing wrong structurally with the metal.
This is a good example of the fluctuations in pattern, coloring, and texture of meteorite.
This is another good example of the coloring and texture of meteorite.
This is another natural occurring inclusion. It looks similar to how a drop of water on the metal. This is not a common inclusion.
This is a beautiful example of the Widmanstätten pattern. It also shows good variation in color.
This ring exhibits a common black spot inclusion found in meteorite.
This ring exhibits a less common pattern and coloring for meteorite.
This is another example of a black spot found in meteorite.
The meteorite in this ring shows an unusual area of many small black spots.
Meteorite can be used as an inlay in a wide variety of rings. It can be displayed in the center, off-center, or even on the edge of some metals such as gold and cobalt chrome.
Meteorite inlays begin as flat strips of metal. They are then wrapped around the outside of the band and joined together at the seam.
Years of wear on your meteorite ring can cause the pattern on the meteorite to fade. The meteorite can be re-etched at any time though in order to make the Widmanstätten lines show again and make the meteorite look like new again. Re-etching is covered by our Lifetime Warranty
Meteorite can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and water by scrubbing it with a soft bristle toothbrush. Make sure it is dried thoroughly and dries overnight. Then put mineral oil on it to protect the meteorite.
In general, our Gibeon meteorite should remain rust-free through normal use. Wearing the ring daily will actually transfer the natural oils in your skin to the meteorite which helps protect it. If rust does ever appear it can easily be removed and is covered by our Lifetime Warranty
The most important step to keeping your meteorite ring from rusting is to avoid any harsh chemicals or salt water. Applying mineral oil after cleaning the ring will also help protect the ring and keep it from rusting.