Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- LIST 202 21MAR2017

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- LIST 202

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
brmeteorites@yahoo.com
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487

LIST 202
March 21, 2017

Here is the e-mail version of my “after Tucson” E-list. This is going out quite a bit earlier than normal. Usually I wait until late April or early May but busy schedules (my own and those around me) have left me pretty much this earlier time slot to work with this year. NOTE: I will be out of town April 13th through the 17th visiting (I don’t set up at this one but I should be around the area quite a bit) the Denver Spring show (among other things). This show is April 14th-16th and is located at (as will my Denver fall show from now on) the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (15500 E. 40th. Ave). The hours of the show are 9am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday. Let me know if any of you want to get together at the show and if there is anything you want me to bring.

MOUNT DOOLING, Australia: Coarse octahedrite. (IC). Found 1909. Tkw = over 734kg?
There are not many IC irons out there. It has been a long while since I have had a real one (I had some Bendego oxide not long ago though). I got some small individuals and one slice (that I cut up) of this that were likely not from pieces originally reported as part of the TKW in the Bulletin. Anyway, the complete piece are natural as found and mostly flatish, quasi-shrapnel looking. The etched slices are all part slices and have a fairly weak etch as this unusual (chemically anomalous) meteorite was shock recrystallised.
1) Etched part slices:
a) 5.8 grams - 16mm x 15mm x 3mm - $29
b) 11.8 grams - 24mm x 20mm x 3mm - $59
c) 26.3 grams - 45mm x 25mm x 3mm - $125
d) 48.6 grams - 60mm x 38mm x 3mm - $220
e) 108.8 grams - 100mm x 60mm x 3mm - $435 – nice ½ slice
2) Natural individuals as found: $3.00/ gram:
Sizes available: 17.7g, 33.4g, 59.5g, 151.3g, 292.6g
MOUNT DOOLING, Australia: Coarse octahedrite. (IC). Found 1909.

HAXTUN, Colorado: Ordinary chondrite (H/L 4). Found August 1975. Tkw = about 45.5 kilograms.
This is strange material. Its chemistry (particularly the olivine faylite number) is out in the middle of no-man’s land between H type and L-type chondrites. One study looked at metal content and hinted at this possibly being L-type related, but weathering (this certainly is not the freshest of meteorites) makes this link uncertain. This is also kind of weird looking stuff. It has light green chondrules and inclusions (of all sizes from very small up to around 1cm) packed tightly together along with sulfide inclusions (some quite large) all in a slightly darker green matrix. Despite the “high” total known weight, I don’t have much of this available as the few large pieces that made up, by far, the bulk of what was found have already found homes in collections.
1) Slices:
a) 4.0 grams - 25mm x 13mm x 5mm - $16
b) 7.8 grams - 40mm x 15mm x 5mm - $31
c) 15.6 grams - 50mm x 22mm x 5mm - $60
d) 30.3 grams - 60mm x 35mm x 5mm - $115
e) 58.3 grams - 75mm x 55mm x 5mm - $215 – this has one cut edge.
f) 104.7 grams - 85mm x 80mm x 5mm - $375 – complete slice.
g) 128.1 grams - 120mm x 70mm x 5mm - $450 – complete slice.
HAXTUN, Colorado: Ordinary chondrite (H/L 4). Found August 1975.

NWA (8424), Morocco: Ordinary chondrite (L3), S2, W2. Found 2014. Tkw = 52 grams.
Here is the main (and only collectable) mass of this fully recorded stone. This was purchased March 2014 in Temara, Morocco. The exterior, though highly wind-polished, does clearly show a mostly rounded primary crust shape (though there are a couple areas of secondary crust – probably 30% of the stone). The interior does not show any metal to speak of (surprising for a W2) but does have lots of clear chondrules in a medium reddish brown matrix.
44.8 grams main mass – 35mm x 22mm x 25mm - $225.00


NWA (10301): Ordinary chondrite (H5), S2, W2. Found before 2015. Tkw = 240 grams.
This was purchased in January of 2015 in Temara, Morocco. Research work showed it to be a low shock H5. It is reported as a low weathering W2, but I personally kind of question that (these cut pieces don’t show any metal to speak of). Anyway, this research described this stone as containing “sparse chondrules (true enough) in a recrystallized matrix with relatively abundant altered metal, sodic plagioclase and accessory chlorapatite”. This does indeed show relatively few chondules in a mottled medium brown and gray matrix. I have very little of this material available.
1) Slices:
a) 3.6 grams - 23mm x 10mm x 5mm - $9
b) 6.2 grams - 28mm x 17mm x 5mm - $15
c) 12.0 grams - 42mm x 24mm x 5mm - $27
d) 24.0 grams - 40mm x 40mm x 5mm - $50 – complete slice.
2) End piece:
a) 49.3 grams - 45mm x 35mm x 16mm - $100 – main mass.


NWA (753): Rumuruti chondrite (R3.9), S2, W2. Found 2000. Tkw = about 12 kilograms.
Here are pieces I cut from a somewhat large and thick part slice I picked up from a collector while at the last Tucson show. NWA (753) was fairly commonly available 12 or 15 years ago but I see very little of it these days. That is a shame because this is one of the very freshest R-chondrites that has ever been available. These slices show lots of sulfides (there is pretty much no actual fresh, magnet attracting metal in R-chondrites, despite the visual appearance) and light gray to white chondrules in a medium gray matrix. Grab a piece now if you want a fresh R chondrite example at an (for these days) affordable price (I don’t see R-chondrites available often anymore and they are generally quite expensive when they do turn up).
1) Slices:
a) 2.6 grams - 22mm x 15mm x 2mm - $45
b) 5.3 grams - 35mm x 16mm x 3mm - $90
c) 11.4 grams - 37mm x 28mm x 3mm - $190
d) 23.2 grams - 62mm x 37mm x 3mm - $370
e) 45.6 grams - 75mm x 62mm x 3mm - $700 – only one this large.
NWA (753): Rumuruti chondrite (R3.9), S2, W2. Found 2000.

NWA (5956): Carbonaceous chondrite (CK3), S2,W1. Found before February 2006. Tkw = 285 grams.
I don’t think I have ever offered CK3 before (there aren’t that many). These are nice quite fresh fairly thin slices. They show a few (but not a lot) of chondrules (CKs are usually mostly matrix). Interestingly, these show lots of fine metal grains (unusual for CKs from my experience). Research showed that these “metal” grains are the iron (nickel, chlorine and sulfide) minerals kamacite, teanite, lawrencite and troilite. These were given to me unpolished. I sanded one to see if I could bring out the chondrules more. Frankly, sanding made it look worse so I left the rest as is. Needless to say, with such a low recovered weight, I have VERY little of this material available (and I have only 1 each of the two largest specimens).
1) Slices:
a) .8 grams - 15mm x 10mm x 2mm - $25
b) 1.5 grams - 17mm x 14mm x 2mm - $45
c) 2.8 grams - 25mm x 20mm x 2mm - $80
d) 7.0 grams - 49mm x 30mm x 2mm - $190 – complete slice.
e) 9.6 grams - 55mm x 38mm x 2mm - $250 – complete slice. SOLD
NWA (5956): Carbonaceous chondrite (CK3), S2,W1. Found before February 2006.

NWA (11182): Lunar meteorite, feldspathic breccia. Found before February 2017. Tkw = ~ 300grams.
Here are some nice slices of a new Lunar highlands breccia I picked up in Tucson. I ran an XRF on an end piece for the folks I got it from so we could all be sure it was indeed good. This material has some flecks of iron (from meteorites impacting the Moon’s surface) so I was a little concerned that it might be just a howardite look a like (and it does look shockingly similar to my NWA (8386) howardite). The XRF, and now UNM, showed that this is indeed a new Moon rock. This generally shows lighter colored clasts (white to light tan) in a mottled matrix that ranges in color from medium gray to reddish brown. I don’t recall seeing any other Lunar meteorite quite like this one, so it isn’t paired to anything that I am aware of.
1) Slices in plastic display box:
a) .12 grams - 6mm x 5mm x 1.5mm - $30
b) .25 grams - 10mm x 7mm x 1.5mm - $60
c) .46 grams - 12mm x 11mm x 1.5mm - $110
d) .97 grams - 18mm x 14mm x 1.5mm - $230
e) 2.17 grams - 25mm x 19mm x 1.5mm - $500
f) 4.26 grams - 33mm x 30mm x 1.5mm - $950
NWA (11182): Lunar meteorite, feldspathic breccia. Found before February 2017.

ANCIENT METEORITE COINS: Seleucid Kingdom, Antiochas I (280-261BC).
I picked up a small assortment of these neat little bronze coins during the 2017 Tucson show. They are roughly 13mm to 17mm in diameter and weigh roughly (very roughly) around 3 grams. I did a little research on them and what I learned is this: The front (obverse) is a face facing to the right. Some seem to indicate that it is the king (Antiochas) but others say it is (my pick) a “young Apollo”. The reverse has Apollo facing left seated on the Omphalos of Delphi (supposedly a meteorite) with an arrow in his right hand and his left hand resting on a bow. These are fairly nice examples with the designs present (these were often struck off center) quite clear (especially for a nearly 2300 year old coin).
Ancient bronze meteorite coin - $75 each
ANCIENT METEORITE COINS: Seleucid Kingdom, Antiochas I (280-261BC).

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders shipping is still $3. Larger orders are now $6 to $13 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Small Canada orders are now $10 and small overseas orders are $13 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Thankfully, it seems that the rate for registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) has stayed the same - $13.


I do have a new fax machine that seems to work (but I have to answer it and manually turn it on), so overseas people can contact me that way if they must. How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my e-mail brmeteorites@yahoo.com

Friday, 3 March 2017

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- After Tucson List #2

Blaine Reed Meteorites For Sale- After Tucson List #2

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
……………………………………………………LIST 201

March 7, 2017

Dear collectors,

Here is “After Tucson” #2

ADMIRE, Kansas: (Pallasite). Found 1881.
This is a little piece that broke off while I was polishing the Admire slice that has the large olivine (the slice offered on the last list. I’ll have another more typical textured large Admire slice on the next list). Mike had opticoned the pieces and etched one side. I then “took ownership” of the pieces before he had the chance to etch the second side. I wanted them simply polished. He didn’t have time before heading off to Tucson (he got there almost a week before I did) so he did not polish them down (which, apparently, is more difficult/ time consuming than etching. But then that is for him. Frankly, I suck at etching). I did the polishing myself and managed to break this little piece off the large olivine chunk off while doing so. This is typical metal and olivine pallasite textured material.
8.9 gram slice – 40mm x 20mm x 3mm - $45  SOLD

CAMPO DEL CIELO, Argentina: Coarse octahedrite (IAB). Found 1576.
Here is a neat large (and thick) etched slice I picked up at the show (I needed a space filler as I sold out of a number of things in the iron section of my table) and wanted something other than Seymchan for an etched iron to show/ sell. Anyway, this is kind of a cool long skinny piece that is etched on both sides. One end has a fairly large (25mm x 20mm) silicate, graphite nodule. A neat display piece.
2695 gam complete etched slice – 300mm x 65mm x 18mm - $1100

GAO, Burkina Faso: (H5). Fell March 5, 1960.
This is a nice complete individual. It (aside from a tiny 3mm late atmospheric chip) is completely covered in thick primary crust. There are some areas of light brown oxidation, but most of the crust is a nice dark slate gray to black.
32.2 gram complete crusted individual – 45mm x 22mm x 18mm - $50

GLORIETTA MOUNTAIN, New Mexico: (Pallasite). Found 1884.
Now here are a couple nice specimens of a meteorite type I have not had in a long time (and it has been far longer since I have had individuals of this find). These are natural complete iron (as most of the recovered material from the find are) individuals. Both clearly show rounded, atmospherically sculpted shapes and both have nice patches of original blue-gray iron fusion crust (before Sikhote-Alin came out, this was about the ONLY meteorite a collector could get that showed this). The smaller specimen is a bit cleaner, smoother than the larger one but both are nice representative specimens of this very hard to come by these days meteorite.
1) Complete individuals as found:
a) 19.3 grams – 28mm x 22mm x 8mm - $290
b) 32.1 grams – 35mm x 19mm x 14mm - $450

KATOL, India: (L6). Fell May 22, 2012. Tkw = about 13 kilograms.
Here is a fresh and wonderful specimen that was left on consignment with me for the show (at a price less than ½ of what I have in the few pieces of this fall I have in my collection and for sale). I came really close to getting this thing sold at the show. Unfortunately, that did not work out and, unfortunately, the owner never came back to pick it up (but then I am sure they knew that I would take it home and try selling it to other customers on line and at other shows). Anyway, this is a super nice nearly complete individual. It has had two edges broken of (probably during the fall) but still has probably better than 75% crust coverage. This crust is thick primary crust and is fresh and black aside from some minor dirt and scuff- marks from its landing.
338.6 gram fresh individual – 60mm x 55mm x 45mm - $5100

MUNDRABILLA, Australia: Medium octahedrite (ungrouped). Found 1911.
This is a nice natural individual I got as part of the small collection if irons I got at the show. This particular piece is quite a bit larger than the typical Mundrabilla specimens I see (which are usually around 50 to 80 grams maybe). This piece has a nice sculpted shape, showing nice thumb-printing in many areas but a more rounded, nodular look (typical of smaller Mundrabilla specimens) in others. Nice piece overall.
164.5 gram natural individual – 63mm x 35mm x 25mm - $140 SOLD

NWA (8043): HED achondrite (Diogenite). Found before July 2013. Tkw = over 1860 grams.
Well, truthfully, this particular specimen was obviously cut from one of the pairings to NWA (8043). My largest piece (from the actual 1860g batch that made up NWA (8043)) was only around 50 or 60 grams I think (certainly nowhere large enough to cut a fantastic specimen like this). This amazing super thin slice was cut from a MUCH larger specimen. This piece is cut thin enough that light passes through pretty much everywhere. A real (all be it intensely green) stained glass window. Really neat. I may consider breaking this apart into smaller pieces (at a slightly higher price per gram) if I do not sell it intact and I have enough requests for smaller pieces (but I do kind of really hope it does not come to that).
38.4 gram super thin, transparent slice – 140mm x 75mm x 1mm - $750

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Blaine Reed meteorites For sale- List 200 - After Tucson #1

Blaine Reed meteorites For sale- List 200 - After Tucson #1

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
……………………………………………………LIST 200

February 21, 2017

Dear collectors,

Here is my first (of several) “after Tucson” lists. These are comprised of things I bought and/ or were left with me to sell at the show.


ADMIRE, Kansas: (Pallasite). Found 1881.
Now here is a slice that will make pretty much any collector say “WOW!”. This has a HUGE (180mm x 100mm) chunk/ cluster of olivine making up better than ½ of the specimen (the remainder being the usual iron/ olivine pallasite mix). I had a slice similar to this (it was cut from the same amazing specimen, which I now own the main portion of) years ago in Tucson and it sold quickly (with good reason). This piece is a thinner one than the one I sold earlier so it shows light through a good number of the crystals. I cannot guarantee stability of any piece of meteorite (even Gibeon will rust if not coated and/or mistreated) but I strongly suspect that this piece is far, far better than most. Part of this is that the end piece (and this slice) was cut over 5 years ago and was sitting around a shop in Arkansas (not exactly a dry area) with no special protection and it hardly had any rust at all (only a few small spots) and took no time at all for me to shine up (most Admire specimens would have probably exploded under such conditions). Secondly, Mike Miller did what little treatment was needed on this piece before I got it (something this thin would not have survived long enough to be polished and etched if it were unstable). I trust him with rust prone material more than anyone else. I have seen (and owned) pieces of “unstable” meteorites from Mike (like Chinga and Nantan slices) that have lasted years with no sign of rust – so he obviously has some pretty good processing secrets.
483.8 gram slice with large olivine – 240mm x 150mm x 3mm - $2500

AIQUILE, Bolivia: Ordinary chondrite (unstudied). Fell November 20, 2016.
Back in 2001, I personally found Bolivia’s first know stone meteorite – an extremely weathered 12.3g fragment of an (H5) called “Sevaruyo”. Carancas ALMOST became their first witnessed fall but managed to make it a few miles into Peru to form its impact crater. Well, here now FINALLY is Bolivia’s true first witnessed fall (of any kind). This material has not been studied yet (that work is being done in Brazil, apparently) but, to me, this is clearly an H4 or H5 breccia. I picked up a few pieces of this (one of which I am keeping) in a trade. These are both slices of a small fragment (most of the pieces recovered from this fall are broken) and have at least one edge showing fusion crust. The interior of these is bright and fresh, showing lots of metal in a white to light gray matrix. Not cheap specimens, honestly, but I don’t think that a lot of this material will be coming out (I hear rumors of making further recoveries “government property”).
1) Part slices:
a) 3.28 grams – 20mm x 17mm x 3mm - $150
b) 5.47 grams – 35mm x 17mm x 3mm - $220

CANYON DIABLO, Arizona: Coarse octahedrite (IAB).
This is another piece that came with the iron collection I bought at the show. It is a nice medium grade (not super art sculpted but certainly not an ugly lump either) that has been moderately wire brushed. It still shows some natural oxide areas among the usual gray-black brushed surfaces. I have priced this at what I was getting (wholesale) out of similar sized (but probably not as nice) pieces during the show.
190.2 gram brushed individual – 55mm x 35mm x 25mm - $160

GEBEL KAMIL, Egypt. Ni-rich ataxite (ungrouped). Found 2008
This is a nice mirror-polished (on both sides) super thin complete slice. I had sold this to an antiquities dealer some years ago (he thought it might sell to people collecting Egypt stuff among his customers). He ended up trading it back to me this Tucson for Moon/ Mars boxes. Anyway, this is a nice piece and is probably priced below what I sold it for those years ago (it was a consigned item at that time).
41.6 gram mirror-polished complete slice – 85mm x 60mm x 1mm - $145

MOLDAVITES:
I traded for a nice hand-full of these at the show. These are mostly fairly typical pieces (in size shape and texture). I try to have in inventory pieces that are complete (not chips and fragments), have nice texturing (not super deep etching like Besednice pieces but not river rounded lumps either) and are moderately priced. The few I picked out here are merely a few that kind of caught my eye as being a bit better and larger than much of the rest (though there are indeed plenty of other nice pieces remaining in the lot). These are nice complete specimens that are covered with quite intense (but not real deep) pitting/ etching. The largest piece has several deep grooves that are likely the result of ground acid etching of cooling or stretch cracks in the specimen originally after it fell.
1) Nice natural individuals:
a) 7.2 grams – 33mm x 17mm x 9mm - $40
b) 9.9 grams – 30mm x 28mm x 8mm - $55
c) 14.1 grams – 33mm x 30mm x 9mm - $80

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIAB). Fell February 12, 1947.
This is actually a pretty nice specimen despite the fact that it has been cleaned (wire-brushed) a bit harsher than I would have chosen. Sadly, it does not really appear that the piece originally had enough rust spots on it to warrant brushing in the first place. None the less, this is still covered with fusion crust (that is just a bit shinier than an unbrushed crusted piece) and is clearly a nice oriented specimen. The front is the conical (all be it fairly thin) thumb-printed shaped you expect on an oriented specimen. The back is very flat and has a clear a roll-over rim running around its outer edge. A nice piece, just cleaned a little more than I would have done.
50.3 gram oriented individual – 40mm x 25mm x 10mm - $175

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Blaine reed meteorites For sale - List 199 - recently mailed list and Tucson info

Blaine Reed
P.O. Box 1141
Delta, CO 81416
Ph/fax (970) 874-1487
……………………………………………………LIST 199

January 5, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TUCSON SHOW INFO: For the far too rapidly approaching Tucson show, I will be on the road from January 25th until around February 15th. For the show itself, I will be in my usual spot: Ramada Limited (665 N. Freeway, Tucson) room 134. I should be open by mid to late morning Saturday January 28th. I likely will indeed stay through the bitter end – February 11th will be the last day. I open the door most days at 10AM. I will have the door open most evenings until around 9:30pm or so (or later if people are visiting/ still wandering about) but there may be a couple nights I will be out for dinner or such but that should be rare.

SIKHOTE-ALIN, Russia: Coarsest octahedrite (IIB). Fell February 12, 1947.
I had set aside a sealed ammo can of really nice larger shrapnel pieces (now quite rare) many, many years ago. A bulk order for some pieces that I didn’t have readily available in my “working inventory” caused me to pull this batch out. WOW! I really set aside some nice piece way back when. These listed here are all the super classic thin, twisted, heavily stretch-marked top quality specimens one desires from a shrapnel piece. The price might seem high (and it is compared to when I set these aside) but I am offering these at or below what pretty much any Sikhote-Alin shrapnel specimens (generally plain and small) would cost to replace from the very few sources that have them these days.
1) Shrapnel fragments, classic shape, wire brushed clean:
a) 51.1 grams - 47mm x 35mm x 10mm - $50
b) 91.7 grams - 64mm x 35mm x 10mm - $87
c) 134.1 grams - 60mm x 44mm x 17mm - $120
d) 247.2 grams - 70mm x 50mm x 20mm - $210
e) 639.2 grams - 90mm x 60mm x 35mm - $500

DIMMITT, Texas: Ordinary chondrite (H3.7). Found 1942. Tkw = about 200 kilograms.
Here are some wonderful individuals that I set aside many, many years ago. I got them when TCU/ Monig collection first started to release specimens to the collecting world (they have since stopped). These all have nice rounded edges, sculpted shapes. They are complete as found (except I have cleaned the dirt off of them) and are mostly primary crusted but some do show some old breaks (most being likely secondary crust). These have a pleasing orange brown to dark chocolate brown color. Unfortunately, none of these has a clear Monig label as, back in those very early days, TCU required that these be removed in hopes that the larger meteorite world would not know where these specimens came from (that didn’t work. TCU soon got flooded with requests for trades and sales – some 200 e-mails in one day at one point I was told!).
1) Nice sculpted individuals:
a) 40.6 grams - 38mm x 32mm x 17mm - $100
b) 86.1 grams - 55mm x 35mm x 30mm - $200
c) 161.5 grams - 65mm x 45mm x 30mm - $365
d) 299.8 grams - 65mm x 50mm x 40mm - $600
e) 495.8 grams - 80mm x 60mm x 50mm - $850
f) 866.7 grams - 120mm x 55mm x 55mm - $1300

NWA 8387: Ordinary chondrite. (LL3.9). Found before February 2014. Tkw = 1149.5 grams.
Here is a piece that I pulled out of a bin of Moroccan chondrites during the 2014 Tucson Show. It looked identical to the NWA (7197) L3.8 that I had offered on a mailed list immediately before the show. I thought that this was another piece and would save time (and some money) on getting it “market ready”. It turned out, however, that this was NOT the same as NWA (7197) but quite a bit rarer. This is an almost equilibrated LL chondrite, not an L. LLs are quite a bit less common then Ls (something like 1/5th or 1/7th as many I think) and the 3s and 4s are the rarer of this group (actually 4s are a bit scarcer than 3s, interestingly). This is quite nice. It has lots of chondrules of all sizes (though the light color makes it a bit hard to see many of them at a casual glance), metal and sulfides in a light mottled gray to tan matrix.
1) Slices:
a) 4.7 grams - 24mm x 15mm x 4mm - $24
b) 8.1 grams - 34mm x 23mm x 3mm - $40
c) 16.2 grams - 46mm x 33mm x 3mm - $80
d) 34.8 grams - 55mm x 52mm x 4mm - $165
e) 60.9 grams - 87mm x 46mm x 4mm - $280 – complete slice.
f) 96.6 grams - 105mm x 54mm x 5mm - $425 – complete slice.
2) End piece:
405.3 grams - 100mm x 56mm x 35mm - $1600 – Main mass.

SaU 582, Oman: Ordinary chondrite (L5) S3, W2. Found March 12, 2010. Tkw = 55 kilograms.
This might be my last “new” Oman stone. It seems that the Meteoritical Society has indeed set up rules against researchers working on “things that may not have been fully legally exported”. I think this one got done just before that was announced (and there is still some argument as to whether or not there truly was any kind of ban on meteorites from Oman at the time this was found. Frankly, I’d be surprised if they really were concerned about an L5 “getting away” regardless). Anyway, this is nothing special really, just a typical weathered L5 but it is very affordable (for fully studied and prepared material anyway). Chondrules and some metal is visible in the medium to dark brown matrix. Robert Ward found this stuff as a number of large stones (7kg the largest I think) and fragments in a small area. I got a couple kilos of the fragments from him a couple years ago and finally got around to preparing them for sale.
1) Slices:
a) 13.4 grams - 30mm x 28mm x 5mm - $10
b) 23.0 grams - 45mm x 40mm x 5mm - $17
c) 44.1 grams - 60mm x 40mm x 5mm - $33
3) End pieces:
a) 45.2 grams - 55mm x 22mm x 18mm - $32
b) 94.9 grams - 60mm x 35mm x 20mm - $65
c) 162.3 grams - 65mm x 60mm x 20mm - $95

NWA 10637: Primitive achondrite (Brachinite). Found before February 2016. Tkw = 554.2 grams.
It has been a loooong time since I have offered a brachinite on a catalog (possibly more than 20 years, when I had a couple chunks from Australia in the early ‘90s). I picked up this natural fragment late in the show last year (in fact, I think it is the only NWA meteorite I picked up in Tucson last year). Brachinites are one of the very rarest and least understood meteorite types. They are mostly olivine (this one is 87% olivine) along with trace amounts of pyroxene. These rocks likely represent mantle material from an unknown parent body (though their oxygen isotopes overlap those of Angrites). These slices are somewhat weathered (dark to medium almost orange brown) but clearly show the classic equigranular crystal texture of brachinites.
1) Slices:
a) 1.5 grams - 20mm x 9mm x 3mm - $30
b) 2.9 grams - 20mm x 13mm x 4mm - $58
c) 4.9 grams - 30mm x 17mm x 3mm - $98
d) 9.0 grams - 42mm x 28mm x 3mm - $180 – full slice.
e) 17.8 grams - 64mm x 30mm x 3mm - $320 – full slice.
f) 36.4 grams - 80mm x 45mm x 3.5mm - $625 – full slice.

PALLADOT: Extraterrestrial faceted olivine gemstones.
Here is an assortment of wonderful little faceted peridot (olivine) gemstones from the Admire, Kansas pallasite. Admire is one of the most beautiful meteorites in the world but it is known (generally) for rapid rusting (though I have a nice 9.2kg chunk that is indeed very stable – It will be on display for sale in Tucson). However, pieces that do fall apart turned out to be a good source for true outer space gems stones. It turns out that pallasite olivine is indeed noticeably different (under microscopic inspection) from common terrestrial peridot gems. The pallisitc material has unique inclusions (and often shows a “cats eye” Chatoyancy effect – also unique to pallisitic peridot) such that the G.I.A. has officially recognized these as a new gemstone type – now officially listed as “Palladot” (a combination of the words pallasite and peridot). Anyway, here is an assortment of round “brilliant” cut stones at a price of about 1/5th what they were originally priced at. Supply is VERY limited. I do have a few oval and emerald cut (square/ rectangular) in similar sizes and prices available, so ask if that is what you prefer.
1) Round brilliant cut gemstones in glass fronted plastic display box.
a) 1.5mm diameter stone - about .016 carat - $20
b) 2.0mm diameter stone – about .035 carat - $35
c) 2.5mm diameter stone – about .064 carat - $60
d) 3.0mm diameter stone – about .10 carat - $90

Please note:
Shipping: For small US orders $3 should still be fine for now. Larger orders are now $13 (insurance is extra if desired – I’ll look it up if you want it). Overseas prices have gone up A LOT the past couple years. Now small overseas orders are around $10 (I’ll have to custom quote any larger items/ orders). Thankfully, it seems that the rate for registration (recommended on more valuable overseas orders) is $13.
I do have a new fax machine that seems to work (but I have to answer it and manually turn it on), so overseas people can contact me that way if they must. How ever, for overseas orders, it probably is best to go ahead and use my brmeteorites@yahoo.com e-mail.