Wednesday, February 25, 2009

32.3 pound Campo del Cielo meteorite


Weighing in at 32.3 pounds (14.655 kilograms) this is the largest meteorite to date offered by Utahredrock. This meteorite originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and was recovered from northern Argentina where it collided with our planet about 5,000 years ago. Campo del Cielo translates as field of the skies. Campo meteorites are the most affordable of the iron-nickel meteorites on the market today purely due to supply and demand--many Campos have been recovered from the field in the past five to ten years making them more readily available than any other iron-nickel meteorite. Other iron-nickel meteorites with similar total known weight include Arizona's Canyon Diablo and Russia's Sikhote-alin. The Arizona and Russian meteorites, which are of similar composition as the Campos, regularly sell for $1 to $2 per gram. Unique pieces can go for much more. The supply of fresh Campos, however, is drying up and high quality Campos like this one will be appreciating in value in the near future--even in a tough economy there is just so much of this material and it is likely to hold its value.

Utahredrock guarantees the authenticity of all meteorites sold.

Campo view two


32.3 pound Campo del Cielo meteorite.

Campo view three


32.3 pound Campo del Cielo meteorite.

Amethyst


This amethyst geode from Brazil weighs in at 26 kilograms or 57.2 pounds SOLD.

Amethyst detail


A closeup of 57.2 pound amethyst.

Natural American Turquoise--Nevada

Beautiful turquoise pendant by Lebe Loola, SOLD--however, we have many other beautiful pieces by Lebe Loola. Support Dusty Boots, as well as Amy of Lebe Loola, a modern American woman with amazing talent who is currenlty supporting herself through nursing school.

The Buddhist Collection at Utahredrock


Large wooden Buddha SOLD, gold Buddhist monk $125, Buddha heads carved from stone $35.

Happy Buddhas


Ceramic Buddha SOLD, gold Buddha, SOLD.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Arizona (and German) meteorite hunters descend on West, Texas

Famed Arizona meteorite hunters Michael Farmer, Robert Ward, and Shauna Russell were present as their colleague Moritz Karl of Germany found one of the first pieces of last Sunday's meteorite fall near the town of West, Texas. The meteorite appears to be a chondrite, the most common type of rock from outer space. I met three of the four meteorite hunters in Tucson this past week. Good work folks!

Here's a link to one story on the hunt that is underway (with photos): http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/02/19/02192009wacmeteorhunters.html

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Esquel meteorite pendant



Designed by Michigan's Amy Sorensen of Lebe Loola, this unique pendant is from out of this world. The pendant contains a thin slice of the highly sought after Esquel pallasite meteorite. Pallasites are very rare and contain olivine crystals--actual gems from outer space.

Spring 2009 Update:

This pendant SOLD, however, if you would like something similar, please call me at 801.971.5240.

Photos by Geoffrey Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

With one of my big meteorites


Here I am with a 27 pound meteorite I sold at the 2009 Tucson Gem Show. Photo by Rich Luhr of Airstream Life.

The redoubtable Anne Black


Impactika's Anne Black at her store at the Tucson Gem Show, 2009--Room 230 at the Inne Suites. Anne, as well as Notkin (see below) are major figures in the international meteorite community. The two of them have made significant contributions to the field of meteoritics. Be sure to visit Anne's web site--the link is on the right side of this page.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

Geoffrey Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites


World famous meteorite hunter Geoffrey Notkin, and one half of the infamous Meteorite Men duo, at his shop at the Tucson Gem Show, February 2009, Room 230, The Inn Suites. Be sure to visit Geoffrey's web site--Aerolite Meteorites. Link is on the right side of this page.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

Spirit


Spirit Davis, one of the world's greatest women, at Tucson's Electric Park.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

A Tucson legend


Working a deal, Tucson Gem Show legend Zee Haag at the 2009 show--Tucson's Electric Park.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

Blue Rocketeers Jim and Bettie


They live in the Blue Rocket--a school bus converted in to a home. They are musicians, artists, fellow travelers, and friends from Tucson's 2009 gem show.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

Colorado Jim


My neighbor at the Tucson show.

The Portraits of Arizona Series, by Utahredrock, 2009.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Experience the electricity of outer space in Electric Park

I am selling meteorites at Electric Park in Tucson through February 15th. The Tucson Gem Show is the largest gem show on the planet.

The Tucson Show is where my participation in the world of meteorites, gems, and minerals began two years ago and this is my first time back. Today I took the day to explore some of the other shows and reconnect with other dealers I know. The scope of the Tucson gem show is hard to imagine and impossible to describe. There are so many shows in town, so many dealers, so much inventory . . . it's crazy--in a very good way. There is nothing else like the Tucson show(s) in the world.