AN INTRODUCTION TO STONY-IRON METEORITES

The rarest of the three main types, the stony-irons are also the most mysterious. They account for only 2% of all known meteorites. Comprising roughly equal amounts of nickel-iron and minerals, they are divided into two groups: the mesosiderites and the pallasites. Mesosiderites are believed to have been formed by violent asteroidal collisions, millions of year ago in deep space. Pallasites are made of nickel-iron and green olivine crystals. Olivine is the gemstone peridot. Slices of pallasites are colorful and translucent and have an extraordinary otherworldly beauty. Of the more than 50,000 officially recognized meteorites only about 300 are pallasites, making them rarer than diamonds or even emeralds. When you hold a pallasite in your hand, you are literally holding gems from outer space!

Our catalog of stony-iron meteorites for sale is presented here, in alphabetical order. Click on any image for additional photographs. All specimens are fully guaranteed and we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service. Please contact us for additional information. And we hope you enjoy this look at the remnants of the hearts of ancient asteroids.


H.H. NININGER BRENHAM INDIVUALS FROM THE 1933 EXPEDITION

One of Dr. Nininger's early expeditions was to the Brenham, Kansas strewnfield. In 1933 he conducted extensive excavations in a depression that was thought, at the time, to be a meteorite crater [pictured]. Later work demonstrated that no craters were formed by Brenham pallasites, and that these meteorites happened to have landed in a natural depression or buffalo wallow. Harvey's team uncovered numerous small, oval, metallic objects that were later proven to be weathered pallasite individuals. Dr. Nininger coined the term "meteorode" to describe these Brenham finds.

These actual specimens were found by Dr. Nininger and his team and were acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies which owns much of the original Nininger Collection. Each historic piece is accompanied by a special handmade certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card personally signed by Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men and Aerolite Meteorites, LLC, verifying that these are authentic Nininger finds. An extraordinary opportunity to acquire an actual find by one of the most important figures in the history of meteoritics.

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BRENHAM "METEORODE" 8.8 grams
Pallasite Kiowa County, Kansas, USA
8.8 gram complete nodule

A small round individual about the size of a grape, with an small window that provides for an intriguing peek below the yellow surface to the weathered interior. Accompanied by special signed Aerolite ID/COA card. 23 mm x 20 mm x 16 mm   SOLD

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BRENHAM "METEORODE" 12.5 grams
Pallasite Kiowa County, Kansas, USA
12.5 gram complete nodule

This nodule has an interesting somewhat flattened appearance with a number of protrusions along the 'edge'. Adorable. Accompanied by special signed Aerolite ID/COA card.
29 mm x 24 mm x 17 mm  
$100.00
 SALE PRICE $75


HISTORIC H.H. NININGER BONDOC SPECIMENS
Mesosiderite
The story of the Bondoc mesosiderite is one of the most remarkable in meteorite history. Recovered by H.H. Nininger 40 miles from the nearest village in a remote part of the Philippines during the 1950s, the original, and only, mass weighed a staggering 1,955 pounds. At the time, it was the second largest stony-iron meteorite ever found. It took Nininger nearly four years to get the mass back to the United States, and its amazing journey included travel by bulldozer and river raft.

When the mass was finally cut, in Arizona, it took 162 hours under the saw to remove the first section. Unfortunately, the material was cut using regular tap water and, over time, sections of the giant slices began to decompose following their exposure to chlorine and moisture. Much like the Estherville mesosiderite, the Bondoc mass was peppered with dense, spherical nickel-iron inclusions, resembling ball bearings. As the rust-prone slices disintegrated, the stable spheres fell out and were carefully preserved. Examples of this material are described as Bondoc nodules. Note the extraordinary etch pattern displayed on these pieces. Some of the matrix survived in excellent condition and it has been prepared as colorful slices which are described as Bondoc silicates.

These are all genuine H.H. Nininger specimens and were acquired by us directly from a prominent university collection. It is with great pleasure that we offer these exemplary specimens.

All of our Bondoc specimens are accompanied by a very special hand made certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card, personally signed by Aerolite owner Geoff Notkin, and verifying the Nininger provenance of these spectacular pieces.

H.H. NININGER BONDOC NODULES
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BONDOC 53.8 grams
Mesosiderite
Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines
53.8 gram complete nodule

A solid egg-shaped individual nodule with classic patina. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.
33 mm x 28 mm x 22 mm
$215.00  SOLD More available, please CONTACT US

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BONDOC 62.3 grams
Mesosiderite
Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines
62.3 gram complete nodule

A hefty individual that reminds us of its own craggy surfaced mini asteroid. Though Rosetta is not needed to examine the surface of this one. Accompanied by signed COA/ID card.
36 mm x 29 mm x 26 mm SOLD More available, please CONTACT US

H.H. NININGER BONDOC NODULES SLICES
 

BONDOC SLICE 44.7 grams
Mesosiderite, Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines

Such an amazing etch pattern for an iron slice as the result of being a silicated nodule in a mesosiderite meteorite. Spectacular!

44.7 grams
48 mm x 43 mm x 4 mm
SOLD

 

BONDOC SLICE 54.0 grams
Mesosiderite, Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines

A thick slice, expertly prepared to best highlight the fascinating pattern revealed when etched.

54.0 grams
50 mm x 46 mm x 5 mm
SOLD

 

BONDOC SLICE 62.2 grams
Mesosiderite, Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines

Just the most amazing story; an exceptionally large mass found in the Philippines, brought back to the US after many years of challenges, cut into monster slices, that then proceeded to heavily weather. The result? Incredible iron nodules, which when etched, reveal an patchwork pattern. A historic meteorite!

62.2 grams
50 mm x 44 mm x 6 mm
$311.00
 LAST ONE

H.H. NININGER BONDOC SILICATES
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

BONDOC 60.1 grams
Mesosiderite
Bondoc Peninsula, Luzon Island, Philippines
60.1 gram full slice

A thick full slice with olivine crystal remnants visible when studied under a loupe. Fascinating.
93 mm x 70 mm x 4 mm
SOLD


H.H. NININGER DALGARANGA FRAGMENTS FROM THE 1959 EXPEDITION

In 1959, Dr. Nininger traveled to Australia to investigate the Dalgaranga crater, a site unique in all of meteorite science, as it is the only crater known to have been formed by a rare mesosiderite. The crater is believed to be approximately 270,000 years old, making Dalgaranga one of Earth's oldest meteorites in terms of terrestrial age. Specimens are weathered, but still adhere strongly to a magnet. Nininger was the first researched to recognize Dalgaranga as a mesosiderite.

These actual specimens were recovered by Dr. Nininger and Glenn Huss during their 1959 Australia expedition, and was acquired directly from the Center for Meteorite Studies which owns much of the original Nininger Collection. Each piece is accompanied by a special handmade certificate of authenticity/specimen ID card personally signed by Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men and Aerolite Meteorites, LLC. A very rare opportunity to acquire an actual Nininger find, and a very rare offered type that is a must for collectors of crater-forming meteorites.

Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)
Oscar Monnig Collection meteorite label, Davy (a)

DALGARANGA 18.7 grams
Mesosiderite Western Australia
18.7 gram complete nodule

An individual with solid core and intriguing promontories. Accompanied by a special signed Aerolite ID/COA card.

72 mm x 57 mm x 42 mm  
SOLD


FUKANG
Pallasite
An extremely beautiful pallasite characterized by extraordinarily large and colorful olivine crystals. The main mass was discovered in 2000, and as a relatively new pallasite on the market, this meteorite has rapidly become a favorite among collectors due to the stunning and enormous olivine crystals. We are offering both polished and etched slices for you to choose from at a low introductory price. Supply is very limited!

FUKANG 26.3 grams
Pallasite Found 2000, Xinjiang Province, China
23.3 gram polished and etched part slice

A number of significant olivine crystals are surrounded by a metal matrix with distinct Widmanstatten pattern. Missing tiny corner, as-is.

45 mm x 38 mm x 4 mm  
$790.00  SALE PRICE $600

FUKANG 33.2 grams
Pallasite Found 2000, Xinjiang Province, China
33.2 gram polished and etched part slice

A gorgeous part slice loaded with olivine crystals on one side, and an perfect amount of etched metal on the other.

45 mm x 37 mm x 4 mm  
$996.00  SALE PRICE $775

FUKANG 37.2 grams
Pallasite Found 2000, Xinjiang Province, China
37.2 gram polished and etched part slice

Lots of expertly etched nickel-iron in this very fine slice, dotted with unusually shaped olivine crystals. Very fine.

47 mm x 39 mm x 4 mm  
$1,116.00  SALE PRICE $900


NORTHWEST AFRICA (NWA) 7045
Pallasite (PAL)
This is something you don't often see! A pallasite from Northwest Africa. Although somewhat weathered, they still contain plenty of iron and have significant density. The polished faces show lovely markings and are reminiscent of the Huckitta pallasite. We only have a few of these pieces and this unusual desert find is a must for pallasite collectors.

NWA 7045 25.7 grams
Pallasite, Northwest Africa
22.8 gram polished end cut

Elongated half stone with highly polished face, showing a lattice of metal. Abundant small gold, green, yellow and brown crystals are clearly visible through a loupe.
42 mm x 30 mm x 17 mm  
$182.00  SALE PRICE $120

NWA 7045 35.5 grams
Pallasite, Northwest Africa
35.5 gram polished end cut

Very nice half stone with polished face and a silver and black matrix. Plenty of good olivine crystals are clearly visible under modest magnification.
47 mm x 37 mm x 18 mm  
$284.00  SALE PRICE $199


NORTHWEST AFRICA (NWA) 7154 (Provisional)
Mesosiderite
This stunning mesosiderite was discovered in Morocco. Only 1 mass was recovered, with a weight of 148 grams. We were fortunate to acquire two full slices of this striking new meteorite.

 

NWA 7154 SLICE 89.0 grams
Mesosiderite, Northwest Africa

New Listing
Simply outstanding! This full slice has a number of large metal blebs showcasing a row of silicate inclusions running down one edge. We love seeing these stunning and rare mesosiderites.

89.0 grams
101 mm x 82 mm x 4 mm
$1,335.00
 SALE PRICE $1150


NORTHWEST AFRICA (NWA) 7657
Mesosiderite
This absolutely beautiful brand new mesosiderite was discovered in 2012 in Morocco. Only 1 stone was recovered, with a mass of 2.28 kilograms. After cut loss, that probably leaves not much more than 1.5 kg total in the world. We were lucky to acquire two full slices of this exquisite new meteorite.

NWA 7657 22.8 grams
Mesosiderite, Northwest Africa
22.8 gram polished full slice

Super full slice with brilliantly shiny nickel-iron fields suspended in a brownish-green matrix. Extremely nice.

84 mm x 43 mm x 2 mm  
$684.00  SALE PRICE $550

NWA 7657 43.6 grams
Mesosiderite, Northwest Africa
43.6 gram polished full slice

Wow! If this slice doesn't sell right away, we're pretty sure Geoff is going to pull it for his personal collection. Super gorgeous.

95 mm x 56 mm x 3 mm  
$1,200.00  SALE PRICE $995


SEYMCHAN
Pallasites with multi-colored crystals and transitional characteristics
We are pleased to offer specimens of the olivine-rich Russian pallasite Seymchan. Originally classified as an iron (IIE), new Seymchan finds have produced fabulous pallasitic material. As well as an abundance of colorful olivine clusters. Seymchan is completely stable and its current price is far below that of similar pallasites. We acquired this material directly from the finder in Russia, and are therefore able to offer it at a very reasonable price. Some specimens are transitional in nature, in that they exhibit characteristics of both irons and stony-irons within the same slice. With comparable pallasites like Glorieta Mountain selling at $50/gram and Esquel at $40/gram, this beautiful material is the most affordable quality pallasite in the world today, but the supply is quickly diminishing and prices are rapidly rising on this desirable meteorite.
SPECTACULAR THINLY-CUT, HIGHLY POLISHED, OLIVINE-RICH SLICES!

SEYMCHAN 32.8 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
32.8 gram polished part slice

There are so many olivine crystals in this specimen, it would take a week to count them. It also shows moderate translucency and a very high polish allow you to study every detail of the magnificent sea of minute, colorful crystals.
$394.00  SALE PRICE $275

SEYMCHAN 36.0 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
36.0 gram etched part slice

New Listing A lovely part slice with a good balance between iron and olivine material. Etched on one side and polished to a mirror shine on the reverse.
60 mm x 47 mm x 3 mm  
$432.00  SALE PRICE $280

SEYMCHAN 37.8 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
37.8 gram etched part slice

New Listing Stunning translucent green, yellow and orange olivine crystals dot the metal matrix on this wonderful part slice. Etched on one face and polished on the reverse. A perfect mixture!
60 mm x 51 mm x 3 mm  
$454.00  SALE PRICE $299

HIGHLY DESIRABLE FULL SLICES
Worldwide interest in meteorites continues to grow and olivine-rich Seymchan specimens are now extremely difficult to acquire. Raw, unprepared masses now sell for the same dollar per gram rate as fully polished slices did only five years ago. We are pleased to present these few, highly desirable full slices.

SEYMCHAN 145.3 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
145.3 gram full slice

Elegant, full slice, etched and polished on both faces with rich, multi-colored crystals and slight translucency.

140 mm x 85 mm x 3 mm  
$1,300.00  SALE PRICE $1095

SEYMCHAN 207.6 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
207.6 gram full slice

Nice large sliced with a colorful and exotic olivine crystal cluster at one edge. A fabulous display piece, rich in color and with a vibrant etch.
137 mm x 87 mm x 4 mm  
$1,850.00  SALE PRICE $1499

COMPLETE IRON-RICH SLICES

SEYMCHAN 148.2 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
148.2 gram etched slice

A long angular, pallasite slice with clusters of olivine crystals encased in a sea of nickel iron.

188 mm x 63 mm x 3 mm  
$889.00  HALF PRICE!! $444

SEYMCHAN 225.7 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
225.7 gram etched slice

New Listing A wonderful elongated full slice with distinct Widmanstatten pattern and a loose banding of dark olivine crystal clusters.

217 mm x 66 mm x 4 mm  
$1,130.00  WOW! $699

TRANSITIONAL SLICES

SEYMCHAN 658.4 grams
IIE Found 1967, Magadan, Russia
658.4 gram slice

A marvelous transitional slice with superb translucent crystals and striking etch pattern.

SOLD More available, please CONTACT US


VACA MUERTA
Mesosiderite
Featured in the fan-favorite second season episode of Meteorite Men, Vaca Muerta in Chile's harsh Atacama Desert is one of the most visually striking strewnfields on earth. First discovered by prospectors in 1861, the Vaca Muerta meteorite is the quintessential mesosiderite, and one of the very few of its type available in the marketplace, and must-have for collectors of stony-irons.

VACA MUERTA 19.1 grams
Mesosiderite Found 1861, Antofagasta, Chile
19.1 gram individual

New Listing Sizeable fragment with good shape and natural patina.

38 mm x 24 mm x 20 mm  
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VACA MUERTA 21.9 grams
Mesosiderite Found 1861, Antofagasta, Chile
21.9 gram individual

New Listing This adorable fragment reminds us of one of the fish from Finding Nemo. Great shape, loads of natural patina and some remnant olivine crystals visible through a loupe. Sweet!
34 mm x 23 mm x 21 mm  
SOLD More available, please CONTACT US

VACA MUERTA 33.0 grams
Mesosiderite Found 1861, Antofagasta, Chile
33.0 gram individual

New Listing An intriguing half stone clearly displaying metal and silicate segments and an intriguing weathering pattern.

36 mm x 32 mm x 26 mm  
SOLD More available, please CONTACT US


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