Dims: 1.5" x 1.0" x 0.8" (3.8 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 1.01 oz. (28.8 g)
Hungtukun Massif, Taymyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk region, Siberia, Russia
Though quite small, this may be the rarest specimen that we have in stock. It consists of a basalt host rock in which a substantial amount of native Iron has formed. The important aspect is that it is not of meteoric origin. This is native Iron that has formed through complex chemical processes in the Earth's crust! A flat face has been cut into the specimen and polished so that the iron can easily be seen. It has a moderate silvery-white coloration and the standard metallic luster. The polished face has been coated with a clear lacquer to prevent rust. The rest of the specimen's surface is dull and uneven and has a dark brown coloration and a dull luster. There is a small patch of a pale-colored material present in one area that has been rust-stained, but it is nearly impossible to discern the Iron from the basalt host, except on the cut surface.