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Buy/Sell/Trade Meteorites in South Africa

Many South Africans buy meteorites to add to their meteorite collection. Are you wanting to sell a meteorite in South Africa?

If you are wanting to buy meteorites in South Africa then please make use of the contact form below or visit our meteorite store.

If you think you have found a meteorite and now want to sell it then before you do contact us are you certain you in fact it is a meteorite?

There are three classes of meteorites: stony, iron, and stony-iron. A meteorite is heavier than an ordinary rock and will be attracted to a magnet. The condition of a meteorite can range from fresh to very weathered. Fresh meteorites have fusion crust, an aerodynamic shape and possibly thumbprints (regmaglypts).

The Magnet Test.

99% of all meteorites are attracted to a strong magnet.

Note: Samples passing this test are not necessarily meteorites.

The Streak Test.

Iron ore is the most common meteor-wrong. Magnetite especially is very magnetic (hence its name) and hematite may or may not be mildly magnetic. Both these minerals may possibly be distinguished from meteoritic material by a characteristic known as ‘streak’. You can test the streak very simply. If you take a common ceramic tile, such as a bathroom or kitchen tile, it has a smooth glazed slide and an unfinished dull side which is stuck to the floor/wall when installed. Take the sample which you think is a meteorite and scratch it quite vigorously on the unglazed side of the tile.

If it leaves a black/grey streak (like a soft leaded pencil) the sample is likely magnetite, and if it leaves a vivid red to brown streak it is likely hematite. A stone meteorite, unless it is very heavily weathered will not normally leave a streak on the tile.

Note: Samples passing this test are not necessarily meteorites.

Window Test.

Here is the test you wanted to avoid. If your stone specimen passed the magnet test, it is time to make a small window to see inside. Yes, I know you fear damaging your suspect meteorite but this is necessary and will not decrease the value. The goal is to use a file to grind flat a corner or appropriate area on the stone. If the specimen is small and you have a bench vice or vicegrip, wrap the specimen in a cloth and secure it so you can file a window. Filing will take some effort. (if this is beyond your abilities – see professional testing) Look at the cut surface from several different angles, if you can see shiny metal flakes scattered throughout the stone, it may well be a meteorite. If the interior is plain then it is probably a wrong.

Note: Samples passing this test might be meteorites.

Nickel Test.

All iron meteorites contain nickel. Most stone meteorites contain nickel. Thus, a chemical test for nickel in normal meteoritic proportions is definitive for meteorites in most cases. Caution should be taken when acid is used in the test.

Note: Samples passing this test might be meteorites.

Density and Specific Gravity.

If you are able to calculate the density of your suspect meteorite, that information may help you to identify it.

The video below is worth watching if you are unsure if the rock you have is indeed a meteorite.

The meteorites found in Antarctica are in pristine condition. They are not weathered like meteorites found in temperate climates. The original fusion crust, formed by ablation of the meteorite as it fell through the atmosphere, is often preserved. There are meteorite sites in South Africa where past impacts have occurred with the most famous being the Vredefort crater.

The Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, more than 300 kilometres across when it was formed. What remains of it is located in the present-day Free State province of South Africa and named after the town of Vredefort, which is situated near its centre. To make a crater 300 km wide, the meteorite must have been about 10 km across (as big as a mountain) and travelling at more than 10 km per second or 36 000 km/h.

Namibia is another great meteorite site where you can find Gibeon meteorites. Gibeon is a meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. It was named after the nearest town: Gibeon.

The Gibeon Meteorite was discovered by the Nama people and used by them to make tools and weapons. It first reported by Capt. J.E. Alexander in 1838. He heard of masses of native iron up to two feet square on the east side of the Great Fish River. While he did not see the masses himself, he was able to obtain samples for analysis. In the years following, Europeans established large cattle ranches in the area and recovered many more large meteorites. A 232 kg mass was recovered in 1857. Many masses between 100 and 500 kg were recovered in the years shortly after 1900. Between 1900 and now many people have sold meteorites  and continue to buy meteorites in South Africa. Apart from Ebay it’s not easy to buy meteorites or sell meteorites as they are hard to come by.

The collection displayed on the fountain in Windhoek’s Central Business District was proclaimed a National Monument (Category: geology) on 15 February 1950. Additionally, all meteorites found in Namibia are automatically protected as National Monuments and must not be removed from where they have been found, nor damaged in any way.

Often people with a passion for metal detecting go out looking for meteorites, a hobby made famous by the Television series, Meteorite Men on the Science channel.

Jewellers in South Africa often buy meteorites for wedding rings or other items of jewellery which a client wants made with a meteorite.

Want to share photos of your meteorite or meteorite collection then please whatsapp 081 411 5496.

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