I bet you never thought you could own a piece of Mars, did you? You can!
These martian meteorite earrings are made with a sample of genuine mars meteorite dust/fragments, meaning it was once part of the surface of Mars! Mars, the Red Planet, the mysterious world that humanity has looked up to with wonder and amazement for hundreds of years. You are probably surprised to learn that it is even possible to own a piece of the Red Planet. How is this possible, you might ask? Martian meteorites are rocks that originated on Mars but were violently ejected into space due to catastrophic asteroid/comet impact events on the Martian surface.
Mars' proximity to the asteroid belt means it gets bombarded much more frequently than Earth, and because Mars' gravity is only 38% of Earth's, ejected materials reach escape velocity much easier. Occasionally some of this material crosses paths with Earth and falls as meteorites. This is a very rare event, as only 124 martian meteorites have ever been discovered, making them among the rarest of meteorites. For more information: Click Here
The martian meteorite dust/fragments we are using come from Northwest Africa 6963, which was discovered in Morocco in 2011 and is confirmed martian shergottite.
I am a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA #9257 www.imca.cc) and The Meteoritical Society so buy with confidence. Membership in the IMCA requires referrals from existing members and the application must be voted on and approved by the Board of Directors. Applicants are extensively questioned regarding their meteorite knowledge and experience. Most importantly applicants must agree to abide by the IMCA's Code of Ethics. Any dishonestly or misrepresentation by members is not tolerated.
These earrings are handmade using sterling silver, plated with 18K rose gold and pure crystal glass. We felt that rose gold best represents the rusted color of Mars. The crystal glass is shaped to allow for some magnification for a close up view of the magical contents.
Dimensions, Left 69mm, right 38mm
Approx. weight of the enclosed martian material is 7mg
Comes presented in a lovely gift box and includes a gift bag, information sheet and a signed certificate of authenticity.
If you are not satisfied for any reason, the item can be returned within 180 days of delivery and WE will pay the return shipping (free returns apply to US customers only). In addition, all pieces come with a 1 year warranty.
We accept all major credit cards, PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay and Zip. We also accept eChecks through PayPal, but keep in mind they typicallytake a few days to clear.
Orders are generally shipped within 24 hours Mon-Fri. For Domestic orders we offer free USPS First Classservice to anywhere in the United States. On average, delivery takes 2-5 business days. USPS Priority Mail (2-4 business days on average) and USPS Priority Express (1-2 business days) are also available.
Covid-19 International Shipping Update: As of 9/1/2021 we are cautiously resuming USPS International Services, including First Class International. However, due to the pandemic, delays are still possible--including long delays of up to 6 weeks+. Therefore, we still strongly recommend DHL for the time being.
International Shipments will be sent using DHL to most countries. We offer USPS First Class International to Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and many European countries, however, for speed and safety we recommend DHL.
Due tothe United Kingdom's VAT registration and reporting requirements, all UK bound orders should be placed on our Etsy shop:Link Here
International Customers please check your local laws before purchase. Some countries, such as South Africa, place restrictions on private ownership of meteorites. As far as we know, Canada, Australia and all of Europe have no such restrictions, but we recommend you double check.
IMPORT DUTY: Some countries may charge import duty or tax on international shipments. This is particularly true for many European countries. All import duty/tax is the responsibility of the buyer and is not included in the shipping costs.
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