How To Know If a Meteorite Ring is Real or Fake?

When it comes to buying a unique wedding ring, few pieces can match the allure of meteorite rings. Their striking beauty and special symbolism are unmatched. However, there are many rings that claim to have real meteorite but are created with a fake substitute. In this blog post, we’ll be getting into what meteorite rings are, the specifics of the Nantan Meteorite used by EMBR, and guidance on how you can verify the authenticity of a meteorite band.

 

What Are Meteorite Rings?

Meteorite rings are simply crafted from the remnants of meteorites—fragments of asteroids or comets that have journeyed through space and survived the fiery descent through Earth's atmosphere. The unique patterns found in meteorite rings are known as Widmanstätten patterns, a lattice-like design that can only be created in space. These patterns form over millions of years as the meteorite cools slowly in the vacuum of space, creating a curious structure.

Meteorites have been landing on earth for millions of years, but only 5% of these rings are iron meteorites, also known as siderites. These iron meteorites are usually what real meteorite rings contain.  With each meteorite having its own story, it makes every ring a one-of-a-kind piece.

 

The Nantan Meteorite: EMBR's Choice

In order to know if meteorite jewelry is real, you need to know from what meteorite it was taken from. At EMBR, we have chosen the Nantan meteorite for our rings due to its remarkable history and unique characteristics. The Nantan meteorite fell in Guangxi, China, during the Ming Dynasty, around the year 1516. This iron meteorite is renowned for its beautiful Widmanstätten patterns and its historical significance.

The Nantan meteorite is not only a piece of cosmic history but also a testament to the natural beauty that can be found in the universe. When used in jewelry, it provides a striking contrast to infused durable materials like Tungsten, offering a unique blend of ancient and modern aesthetics. The durability and visual appeal of the Nantan meteorite make it an ideal choice for creating rings that stand the test of time.

 

Features of Meteorite Rings

Meteorite rings are distinguished by several key features:

  1. Widmanstätten Patterns: These intricate patterns are exclusive to meteorites and cannot be replicated through any earthly process. They give each ring a unique and mesmerizing appearance.
  2. Durability and Strength: Tungsten meteorite rings are incredibly strong and resilient; in fact, they are ten times as strong as 18K gold.
  3. Unique Aesthetic Appeal: Each meteorite ring is unique, with patterns that vary from piece to piece, ensuring that no two rings are exactly alike.

 

How to Verify the Authenticity of Meteorite Rings

When investing in a meteorite ring, it's crucial to ensure its authenticity. Here are some key characteristics and methods to verify a genuine meteorite ring:

  1. Widmanstätten Patterns: Genuine meteorite rings will display the distinct Widmanstätten patterns. These patterns are formed naturally over millions of years and cannot be artificially created.
  2. Magnetic Properties: Meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, are magnetic. A simple test with a magnet can help confirm the presence of meteorite material.
  3. Weight and Density: Meteorites are typically denser and heavier than ordinary rocks. This is due to their high metal content.

To test the authenticity of a meteorite ring:

  • Visual Inspection: Carefully examine the ring for the characteristic Widmanstätten patterns.
  • Magnet Test: Use a magnet to check for magnetic properties.
  • Professional Appraisal: For definitive verification, consider having the ring appraised by a professional who specializes in meteorites.

 

Caring for Your Meteorite Ring

Meteorite rings require some special care to maintain their appearance and durability:

  1. Preventing Rust and Corrosion: Although meteorite material is durable, it will rust over time if not kept well. If your ring never rusts even with bad upkeep, that is also a sign your ring is not made of real meteorite. Keep your ring dry and store it in a cool, dry place when not in use.
  2. Regular Maintenance: Clean your meteorite ring regularly with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or oils. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
  3. Protective Coating: EMBR’s meteorite rings come with a protective coating to prevent rust. If your ring has this coating, ensure it is maintained and reapplied if necessary.

 

EMRB’s Meteorite Rings

At EMBR, we are committed to providing high-quality, authentic meteorite rings that combine cosmic history with exceptional craftsmanship. Here’s a list our meteorite ring styles

  1. Black Tungsten Ring - Blue Glow & Real Meteorite: Features a blue glow inlay made with Strontium Aluminate as well as an inlay made from genuine Nathan meteorite. These inlays are placed over a durable black tungsten band.
  2. Black Tungsten Ring - Green Glow & Real Meteorite: This ring contains identical materials, but instead of a blue glow inlay, this ring features a green glow for a different look.
  3. Silver Tungsten Ring - Green Glow & Real Meteorite: While this ring keeps the green glow and meteorite inlays, it features a silver tungsten band for a shinier look.
  4. Silver Tungsten Ring - Real Meteorite: This band ditches the glow inlay and instead goes with a silver tungsten band with an outer layer of real genuine meteorite.

Every EMBR Meteorite Ring is 100% authentic and 100% one-of-a-kind. Go extraterrestrial with EMBR for your meteorite ring.

 

Main Take Aways

On this journey, we've explored what meteorite is, including the specifics of the Nantan meteorite used by EMBR, provided guidance on verifying the authenticity of a meteorite band, and showed you EMBR’s Meteorite Collection. Remember that authentic meteorite rings feature distinctive Widmanstätten patterns, magnetic properties, and a unique weight and density. To ensure your ring is genuine, conduct visual inspections, magnet tests, and consider a professional appraisal. EMBR's commitment to quality ensures that our meteorite rings have unparalleled beauty, durability, and a genuine cosmic connection, making them the perfect choice for your wedding band.

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