In the small town of Esquel, Argentina in 1951 a campesino was digging a watering hole for his livestock when he came across one of the most spectacular meteorites ever discovered. Named for the town where it was found, the Esquel meteorite was sold to an American collector, and since has been separated into smaller specimens like those found on our website.

The Esquel meteorite fragments like those we offer are some of the most highly sought-after by both gem and meteorite collectors.

While most meteorites that you see are simple iron formations, the Esquel meteorite is what is known as a pallasite. Pallasites get their unique appearance from a very rare combination of nickel-iron and olivine (peridot) crystals.

This mixture of nickel-iron and olivine occurs when the molten liquid metal core of the meteor seeps into and separates the olivine crystals found in the meteor`s mantle. This process occurs in less than one percent of all meteorites. When properly sliced and polished the gem-quality beauty of these meteorites is brought out, making for a striking and fascinating conversation piece.

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