'Tektite' is the generic name for glassy minerals formed by the impact of a comet, asteroid or meteoroid

Egyptian / Libyan Desert Glass is found in the Gilf-el-Kebir, a remote region
on the border of the two countries. The glass, which has been highly-prized
since ancient times, was formed by the explosion of a comet high above
the desert. The intense heat pulse melted some of the sand below, which
absorbed some of the iridium released from the comet. These then rained back
down as beautiful glassy, milky nuggets. Iridium is a very rare Earth
metal, having originally sunk into the Earth's core over 4 Bn years ago.

The picture on the right shows a scarab carved from Libyan Desert Glass,
proudly mounted on Tutankhamun's breastplate, now on show in Egypt.

The two pendants on the left are 8.1 g
and 7 g and are priced at £45
and £40 respectively.


The two larger pendants on the right
are 10.1g and 10.2 g and are
priced £55


The masses of thes pendants
include the silver wire. The 6.9g
and 7.5g pendants are £100,
the 6.1g and 5.3g are £80
and the 4.7g now sold.


As always, each pendant is supplied
with a 16" sterling silver chain,
in a leatherette box.

1cm cube for comparison

Another cometary impact created
twin craters at Ries and Stenheim
in Germany: iron-tinted green glass
was projected into the valley of the
Moldau River, where it is
mined, in decreasing amounts,
as Moldavite. Increasingly
rare - and frequently faked - these
will be our last available items.
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