Pallasites are a relatively rare subclass of meteorite. They are primarily composed of a matrix of iron-nickel and have olivine crystals with the same level of crystallization as the mineral peridot.
Only 61 pallasite falls are known to date (with 10 in Antarctica). Each pallasite fall has yielded specimens of varying quality, from void, skeletal masses to rarer, olivine-filled pieces such as this example.
The vast majority of pallasite specimens are cut into slices to reveal the olivine within. Often, they are then cut again a few times to create smaller, more saleable pieces. This example is unique in that it is sizeable, replete with radiant crystals, and retains many of its natural edges, giving it a beautiful dichotomy between the coarse, burnt-looking edges against the sheen and brilliance of the polished metal face with its shimmering olivine crystals.
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