Meteorite: its history, its nature, its origin and its symbolism
"When I was a child, I loved picking up pebbles because of their shapes, or their colors.
At the same age, my father started toto introduce me to astronomy.
He explained to me how to distinguish a planet from a star.
The planet reflects the light of the sunlight, its light seems fixed.
As for the star, it is its own source of light, it light, it sparkles.
As a child, when I looked at the stars with a lot of pebbles in my pockets, I imagined that some of my stones could perhaps come from far, far away, from the stars, from another galaxy...
Today, my fascination for these beautiful stones from another world has remained
has remained intact.
Founder, Gemmologist (G.I.A)
The first fragment of Muonionalusta was found in 1906 in Sweden, near the Arctic Circle
the Arctic Circle, by two children who were playing. The meteorite was
described for the first time in 1910. Its name is derived from its geographical proximity
geographical proximity to the Muonio River. This heart of a planet is probably the oldest known
the oldest meteorite known to man, the oldest object that exists
Meteorite and man
Since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated by shooting stars. Astronomy is considered to be the oldest
the oldest of sciences. Civilizations that disappeared during the Neolithic period already had knowledge of astronomy.
They were interested in the phases of the moon, the equinoxes and knew how to recognize certain constellations.
The Egyptians interpreted these elements falling from the sky as divine sendings.
The dagger of Tutankhamun comes from a meteorite: a royal jewel... extraterrestrial!
Meteorites were so rare that they were infinitely more valuable than gold.
Creations of meteorite.luxury jewels are cut in a siderite type meteorite called
Muonionalusta. It is characterized by the fact that it shows, to the naked eye, a network
typical geometrical shapes that are called Widmanstätten figures.
Widmanstätten (or of Thomson).
These figures are the result of a very long cooling of about
1° C per million years and they do not exist on Earth (or at least only at the microscopic
only at the microscopic scale).
A siderite named Muonionalusta
This meteorite is a 4.5 billion year old planet core.
This meteorite represents less than 1% of the meteorite falls on Earth.
These captivating atterns of Winmanstätten are proof of its extraterrestrial origin
It fell to Earth a million years ago and comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is composed of various metals and minerals.
Letter from a young jeweler
My name is Hans-Peter, I am 20 years old and I am an apprentice jeweler. I have chosen this profession because I am passionate about it.
Every year I go to Munich for the international jewelry fair, Inhorgenta. I see a lot of temple merchants who are busy selling. Fortunately, I also meet people who are enthusiasts. Today I had an incredible encounter with a gemologist who specializes in creating jewelry from meteorite. I have many questions, I am fascinated. He offers me a coffee and our exchange begins.
He works with a beautiful and strange meteorite that is older than the Earth. He treats it with infinite respect. His creations express his love for the stars, the universe and people. I find it more romantic and tender to give my lover a piece of stardust, a piece of meteorite jewelry that tells the story of our galaxy, rather than the traditional diamond my father gave my mother for their engagement. Of course, I think the diamond is beautiful, but its story is also about the power
This meteorite is very rare, it fell to Earth a million years ago. We collect the crumbs that it has left. We collect it without damaging our nature. It is in limited quantity, and soon, there will not be any more. I love this material, this symbol, and I am sure that many millennials like me are more attached to your meteorite jewelry than to the pretty diamond cliché.
Cosmic power: Meteorites are associated with the power and strength of the cosmos, as they are objects that have traveled through space for billions of years. Their trajectory through space and their entry into the Earth's atmosphere can be considered spectacular and amazing cosmic events. In this sense, meteorites can symbolize the grandeur, vastness and complexity of the universe. Meteorites remind man of his own smallness in the universe, while arousing his curiosity and desire to explore.
Divine messages: In some cultures, meteorites were considered as signs or messages from the gods. They were seen as celestial objects that could serve as divine messengers to convey messages or omens. In traditional religions and beliefs, meteorites were associated with gods or deities, and were considered signs of their presence or power.
Transformation and renewal: Meteorites also symbolize transformation and renewal, as their impact on the Earth can bring about great changes. When a meteorite falls to Earth, it can create a crater and significantly alter its environment. This process can be seen as a natural transformative force that can lead to the creation of new opportunities or new life cycles. Meteorites can therefore be associated with the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one, as well as with the universe's ability to renew and regenerate itself.
Protection and luck: Meteorites also symbolize luck and protection, as they are considered rare and valuable objects. In some cultures, meteorites are worn as amulets to attract good luck or to ward off evil spirits. The Australian Aborigines, for example, used meteorites to protect their tribe from evil spirits and the dangers of nature. Meteorites are rare and unique objects that have traveled through space and time to reach us, making them valuable and protective.
Extraterrestrial origin: Because meteorites come from outer space, they are associated with the idea of extraterrestrial life. Meteorites can therefore symbolize the search for life in the universe, as well as the idea that humanity is only a small part of an infinitely larger universe.
Meteorites also represent man's curiosity and desire to discover and explore the universe, as well as the possibility of finding answers to fundamental questions about the origin and nature of life. In this sense, meteorites can symbolize open-mindedness and the exploration of new horizons, as well as the idea that man should never stop trying to understand the world around him.
The main types of meteorites
THE METEORITES STONY
the chondrites and the achondrites
THE METEORITES MIXED
THE METEORITES METAL