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How to Buy Real Meteorites: 5 Meteorite Tests You Should Do

hand holding up a gemmy green moldavite tektite meoteorite

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

What is a Meteorite Worth?

You've probably seen those cheap Meteorites in store and online that entice unsuspecting buyers. I have seen stores trick customers into buying Moldavite that has been manufactured from glass 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 weight or meaning. Please be careful when you shop for Meteorites, because you will find thousands online that may be labelled as Space Rocks but are nothing more than everyday pebbles from the garden.

Here at Satin Crystals, I personally hand pick each and every Meteorite that lands in our boutique. That is why I can assure you that our Meteorites for Sale are the real deal. The price of a Meteorite depends on its size, weight, quality and how rare it is. Rest assure that you get what you pay for. We have pieces currently ranging from $50 to over $500.

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 Shower events happened all throughout various times in history. 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 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. 


How Do I Test a Meteorite?

The only real way to test a Meteorite is by taking it to a laboratory. However, there are several ways that can help you in the process of elimination. None of these ways will tell you for sure if what you have is a Meteorite, but it can give you a better idea of the stone at hand.

(Please note that Craters and Tektites such as Moldavite, Libyan Desert Glass, Black Tektite, Ries Nordlinger etc. are Impactites, not Meteorites. They should NOT undergo these tests)

1. Meteorite Nickel Test: Most Meteorites contain nickel. There are Meteorite nickel testing kits available for sale online that you can use. If the stone has nickel, it is on good track of perhaps being a Meteorite after all. 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 not completely conclusive.

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. This test is also not conclusive though, because other minerals are also magnetic. Also, there are some Meteorites that are not magnetic.

3. Tile Scratch Test: Most Meteorites do not leave a streak when scratched hard against the dull unglazed back side of a tile. If your stone leaves a red streak, there is a good chance it is Hematite. If it leaves a black streak, there is a good chance it is Magnetite. However, some Meteorites that are heavily weathered and may have collected additional minerals may leave a streak. 

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

 5. Visual Test: A Meteorite can never be identified by photo or just off look. However, many Meteorites have visual clues that can help you on your track. Your piece may have one or several of these features: Thumb-print 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.


How Do I Buy a Meteorite?

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. People are usually quickly attracted to certain things, which makes it easier to shop.

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

If you have any questions, you can ask us by posting the question right on the bottom of the listing, or this blog

Buy Meteorites Now

We update our collection often because Satin Crystals Meteorites are a best seller. Please see our FULL METEORITE COLLECTION and shop today. If you know the stone you want, simply Shop by Meteorite Types:











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