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Libyan Desert Glass Meteorite Impactite Wire-Wrapped Pendant in Tarnish-Resistant Sterling Silver with Ethiopian Welo Opals


This beautiful, handcrafted pendant features a rare and authentic piece of Libyan desert glass, lovingly wrapped in genuine Sterling silver wire. Ethiopian welo opals add glints of color, flashing fire as the pendant turns in the light. This stone was not cut, so as to retain all it's natural features and properties. Wavy ripples span the surface; a by-product of centuries of natural sand-blasting. You can still see grains of sand, tiny air bubbles and small particles (meteorite?) suspended inside. The entire pendant is 41x31x17mm (1.6" x 1.2" x 0.7") and comes suspended on an 18" Sterling silver chain. Since each piece of desert glass is unique, with distinct shape/color/texture, this pendant is one-of-a-kind so there won't ever be another like it!

The origins of Libyan desert glass remains hotly debated by the scientific community. However, the most predominant theory proposes a meteoritic origin (making this a tektite, or meteorite impactite). In other words, this glass was formed by the impact of a comet or meteorite. The heat from such an event would have flash-molten the desert sands,vaporizing quartz (the major constituent of sand) and meteoritic metals. Note the presence of tiny air bubble inclusions suspended within the stone, and wavy surface textures which are the result of rapid cooling. Libyan desert glass is similar in makeup and composition to trinitite, a glassy substance formed by the detonation of the plutonium-based nuclear bomb (Trinity) test on the desert floor in New Mexico. Libyan desert glass has been dated to an age of approximately 26 million years.

To learn more about Libyan Desert Glass, I highly recommend the BBC documentary, " Tutankhamun's Fireball " , which can usually be found on YouTube.

Your pendant will arrive in a lovely gift box and ship securely in a padded envelope with international tracking and insurance direct from my studio to your chosen destination.

*Coin in photo is shown for scale and will not be included with this item.

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