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How to Buy Real Meteorites

how to buy real meteorites

Hi! I'm Lisa Satin and I'm the Meteorite aficionado at Satin Crystals. If you are looking for real Meteorite rocks, you have come to the right place. Our Crystal and Meteorite shop offers authentic quality collector's pieces because we care.

What is a Meteorite Worth?

You've probably seen those cheap Meteorites in stores and online that entice unsuspecting buyers. I have seen stores trick customers into buying Moldavite that has been manufactured from glass, plastic or resin in a Chinese factory. I have seen vendors offer Certificates of Authenticity to buyers who are unaware that most of such papers are printed from their office with no authority or meaning.

Please be careful when you shop for Meteorites, because you will find thousands online that may be labeled as 'Space Rocks' but are nothing more than everyday pebbles from the garden.

Here at Satin Crystals, I personally handpick every Meteorite that lands in our boutique. That is how I know our Meteorites for sale are the real deal.

The price of a Meteorite depends on its size, weight, quality and how rare it is. We have pieces currently ranging from $45 to over $500.

How to own a 100% Authentic Meteorite

The only guaranteed way to test a Meteorite is by sending it to a laboratory. This is the only method to get a guaranteed answer and the only way that is recommended by Satin Crystals. That means you have to purchase the Meteorite, send it to a certified laboratory at your own expense, and wait for the report.

If a typical seller gives you a "Certificate of Authenticity" (COA), it is most likely meaningless unless they have gone through these steps or are certified meteorologists. Otherwise, you can safely assume it's just a marketing tactic to gain your business.

That being said, there are Meteorites that have been lab-verified. These are not the bargain-bin stones you see all over the marketplace that are advertised with COA's.

5 Do-It-Yourself Meteorite Tests

Most of us don't want to endure the time, hassle, and hefty expenses associated with getting a specimen lab-verified.

Although none of the following methods are recommended by Satin Crystals due to inaccuracies, they can sometimes help you in the process of elimination:

* Please note that Impactites, Craters, and Tektites such as Moldavite, Libyan Desert Glass, Black Tektite, Ries Nordlinger, etc cannot undergo methods 1-4, and can only be tested with method #5.

1. Meteorite Nickel Test: Most Meteorites contain nickel. There are Meteorite nickel testing kits available online that you can buy and use.

If the stone has nickel, it is on a good track of being a Meteorite. If it does not have nickel, it probably is not a Meteorite.

However, there are plenty of stones that have nickel and are NOT Meteorites, and some Meteorites that do not have nickel, so this test is inconclusive.

2. Magnet Test: Most Meteorites are magnetic because of the extraterrestrial iron content. If you place a strong magnet to the stone and you feel a magnetic reaction, it could be a Meteorite.

However, some Meteorites are not even magnetic. Additionally, there are non-meteoric minerals that are magnetic, so this test is inconclusive.

3. Tile Scratch Test: Most Meteorites do not leave a streak when scratched hard against the dull unglazed backside of a tile.

If your stone leaves a red streak, it could be Hematite. If it leaves a black streak, it could be Magnetite.

However, some Meteorites that are heavily weathered and have collected additional earth minerals may leave a streak, so this test is inconclusive.

4. Weight Test: Another unique property of most Meteorites is that they are heavier than Earth Stones. You may be surprised by its weightiness when you pick up the specimen. That is due to the high iron-nickel content in most Meteorites.

However, earth minerals like Galena and Pyrite are also heavy, so this test is inconclusive.

 5. Visual Test: A Meteorite can never be identified by photo or look alone. However, many Meteorites have visual clues that can help you stay on track. 

Your piece may have one or several of these features: Thumbprint patterns (regmaglypts), Etched patterns (Widmanstatten), Grain-like sphere patterns (Chondrules), Metallic Flakes (Iron and Nickel), Yellow Ochre Red or Orange coating (Rust or Patina), and possible aerodynamic shapes.

The visual test is certainly very important, but ultimately not 100% conclusive.

Real versus Fake Moldavite

As mentioned earlier, Impactite stones like Moldavite cannot undergo tests #1-4 but should undergo a Visual Inspection. Here are some tips on how to tell that your Moldavite is real, and not a synthetic piece of green plastic:

1. Real Moldavite is always green: There is a wide range of hues associated with Moldavite. It can be light green, forest green, dark green, midnight black- green, yellow-green, brown-green, etc.

If you see Moldavite that is blue, red, yellow, or any other color- it is either a synthetic fake or a completely different mineral.

2. Real Moldavite has unpredictable textures: Moldavite can be smooth, cratered, wavy, lumpy, or a combination of textures. However, these textures shouldn't be uniform all around the specimen. If it's too "perfectly textured", it needs to be in a museum or has a high chance of being phony.

3. Real Moldavite is asymmetrical: Moldavite can be semi-circular, semi-spherical, semi-cylindrical, wand-like, club-like, or randomly shaped.

If you spot a specimen that is just a tad too "perfectly symmetrical", be wary of its authenticity unless you are admiring it in a museum.

4. Real Moldavite has monetary value: This isn't quite a visual inspection of the Moldavite itself, but insight into the price tag you are looking at.

Moldavite is the only Meteorite considered to be a gemstone. If the price is too good to be true, guess what?! It's probably too cheap to be real.

Visual Testing of Real versus Fake Moldavite

Let's take a look at real samples of Moldavite from the online marketplace.

The real samples are Satin Crystals Moldavite, while the fakes are very popular manufactured Moldavite from other vendors.

For those who do not mind synthetic material, fake Moldavite is an excellent and affordable choice. For those who want real Moldavite from the Czech Republic, don't be duped. Just because the fakes claim to be real Moldavite of the Czech Republic, does not mean they are.

Moldavite is considered a gemstone, and the price will reflect it.

Example # 1:real vs fake moldaviteReal Moldavite Visual Analysis:

  • Color: Green (Correct)
  • Texture: Wavy (Correct)
  • Shape: Random (Correct)
  • Price: Gemstone (Correct)

Fake "Moldavite" Blue Glass Visual Analysis:

  • Color: Blue (Incorrect)
  • Texture: Slight Ridges (Correct)
  • Shape: Almost Symmetrically Oval (Highly Suspicious)
  • Price: Bargain Bin (Highly Suspicious)

Result: The Satin Crystals Moldavite looks (and is) genuine, based on the visual test. The Fake Blue Glass is 100% conclusively fake simply due to its color. Moldavite is never blue. Yet because a visual test should never be conclusive (maybe the color filters on our monitor is off?), we will rate the Fake Blue Moldavite as 99.99% chance of being Blue Glass.

Example #2:real vs fake moldavite

 Real Moldavite Visual Analysis:

  • Color: Green (Correct)
  • Texture: Wavy, Shards (Correct)
  • Shape: Random (Correct)
  • Price: Gemstone (Correct)

Fake "Moldavite" Green Glass Visual Analysis:

  • Color: Green (Correct)
  • Texture: Plastic-like, even waves (Incorrect)
  • Shape: Random (Correct)
  • Price: Bargain Bin (Highly Suspicious)

Result: The Satin Crystals Moldavite looks (and is) genuine, based on the visual test. The Fake Green Glass rates at about 50% suspicious based on this visual test.

If you are 50% suspicious of the authenticity, it's better to move on or find out more before purchasing.

As someone who specializes in handling Moldavite, I rate it 99.99% chance of being fake at very first glance. Unfortunately, it is a popular product due to its price and is well-rated by customers due to lack of knowledge.

Hints for Finding Real Meteorites

Since so many of these tests and methods are not 100% conclusive, here are a few more things you can do to come closer to the real thing:

  • Look to see if the online listing, website and/or salesperson has a wealth of information to share regarding your stone (good thing), or very minimal information (bad thing).

  • If there is a lack of information, reach out to the seller via email or live chat to ask important questions like stone origin, age, and how/where it was obtained. By no means call a seller (that's just plain annoying). 

  • Look into the history of the seller, including years in business, credentials, and reviews. Unfortunately, several low-end fakes are highly rated due to people believing they have purchased real Meteorites at great discounts. Yet it could still give you insight on the product and seller.

  • Check the shipping country of the Meteorite. Although an abundance of real gemstones do come from China, they are also notorious for pumping out fakes.

  • Read up, research, and watch videos about your desired Meteorite. This gets you more familiar with the look of certain Meteorites, the background, and also the true market values based on availability.

  • Comparison Shop. If something seems to be priced too low or too high, check out other listings to help you determine actual value.

Where Do Meteorites Come From?

Most Meteorites that land on Earth are from our Asteroid belt. The landing sites are all over the world and the Meteor showers and Meteorite events happened throughout history, including just a few minutes ago.

When you shop at Satin Crystals, we give you information on where the Meteorite comes from and when it landed on Earth, whenever this information is available.

How Can I Tell if I Found a Meteorite?

The only true way to know if a rock is a Meteorite is to have it tested in a reputable laboratory. You will need to send a sample size to the lab and get the results. Beware that some laboratories don't return your sample so always call ahead to see the policy.

When your Meteorite is tested to be true, it will be named and classified. You will receive paperwork and it will be recorded in the Meteorite Bulletin Database.

That being said, tons and tons of stones are out there being sold with Certificate of Authenticity (COA) papers. These are meaningless pieces of paper printed up by various companies who sell Meteorites to reassure their buyers. It is a gimmick and does not mean that what they sold you is authentic. Only a laboratory can give a meaningful COA. 

Where can I Buy Real Meteorites Online?

I recommend you browse through the Satin Crystals Meteorite Collection to see our various offerings. There may be something that catches your attention - a treasure from the stars that must be yours. Many times people are automatically drawn to certain specimens, which makes it easier to choose.

However, some of our customers want specific meteorites to add to a collection. For example, you may want to purchase a Meteorite for a specific metaphysical healing property or benefit. In this case, carefully study each listing to see the one that is right for you. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime. 

Buy Meteorites Now

We update our collection often because Satin Crystals Meteorites are a best seller.

Visit the FULL METEORITE COLLECTION to shop today.

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