Stabilization and Restoration Services
DO NOT STABILIZE ADMIRE PALLASITE METEORITE OR SERICHO PALLASITE METEORITE FOR OTHERS. CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE OUR ADMIRE OR SERICHO METEORITE SPECIMENS WILL
RECIEVE STABILIZED ADMIRE AND SERICHO, PREPARED THROUGH OUR PROPRIETARY PROCESS.
We began working on our Stabilization process in 2009 and have been continually improving it. Now, several years later, we feel
that our Stabilization process will help extend the life of meteorites and help keep them from having problems in the future. We
started this endeavor when we began finding the
Admire Pallasite Meteorite - well known as a "Ruster". Because the
Admire was also quite beautiful, we thought there must be a way to
stabilize it so that it can be enjoyed like any other meteorite
out there. We now have slices of Admire that have been
in Hawaii next to the rain forest for over 3 years, with only very
minimal touch up needed. We also have samples all over the world for over 3 years - Germany,
France, Russia, The UK, China, Switzerland, the Netherlands; as well the
United States and Canada, and they are continuing to remain stable after
in those climates.
We continue to do work for the University of New Mexico,
restoring and stabilizing all of their iron and pallasite specimens. We
are also doing work for ASU and The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum; as
well as stabilizing specimens for numerous collectors and dealers in
the meteorite community all over the world.
For Before and After Photos click here
is risk involved in Stabilizing your Meteorites. Irons generally do not
have any issues going through our Stabilization process unless they are
badly fractured. Pallasites are at greater risk of falling apart due to
crystal to metal boundry zones. These boundry zones harbor chlorides
which induces rusting. If deep rusting has already occurred our process
will remove the erosion, making crystals fall out and possibly causing
the slice to come apart. It is wise to run Pallasite slices through our
process immediately after they are cut and before rusting is allowed to
start. This will remove chlorides before rusting occurs. Having your
Pallasite slice cut thicker, a minimum of 3.5mm thick, will greatly
help their longevity.|
Our process does not guarantee that your meteorite will never rust -
under the right conditions anything with iron in it WILL rust. But if
you keep your meteorite properly displayed and in a reasonably
controlled environment our process will help the longevity of your meteorites.
cost of our Stabilization and Restoration Process varies depending on
each specimen. Factors such as type (pallasite, iron, Meso, etc);
weight (how many grams/kilos), slice or individual, and how rusted is
the meteorite by the time we receive it all factor into the
cost to stabilize it. A several kilo individual that we must use
equipment to move it around is more expensive than something we can
handle by hand. An iron Meteorite slice is less expensive than a
Pallasite because a Pallasite is much more fragile. Tiny, small
specimens require more time to work with due to their small size. This
is why we
cannot offer a complete, specific price list - each specimen has to be
evaluated based on it's own condition and specifications.
We have a minimum charge per specimen of $150 . This is the
base fee for a
small specimen that needs minimal restoration
To get a quote on the cost to Stabilize and Restore your
specimen, please email pictures and weight to us at:
bring your speciment
to us at one of the shows we do. If you choose to have us
Stabilize or Restore your specimen we will let you know prior to
starting the job if the cost will be higher than quoted.
Payment will be required before your Stabilized and Restored specimens are returned to you.
process is not fast.
It can take months depending on the size and type of
Meteorite for us
to run it through our tank, process it and refinish it. So please be up
front with us if you have any kind of time constraints as we cannot
shorten the process if we want it to work properly.
Our process will remove rust from your specimens. That
that a Pallasite, for example, that has rust issues will
likely come apart during our process along any areas that it is showing
erosion. We do our best to keep your slices intact but we cannot
guarantee that they will not come apart. If they come apart, we
finish them out so that you will at least have stable, smaller
specimen that will hopefully last. Asking us to stablilze your
Meteorite is your acknowledgement and acceptance of the risk to your
Meteorite. Our process will also remove the outside natural patina of
your specimen. With slices, this is not generally a problem but if you
have a complete specimen it will change the look. We are able to bring
the outside to a look similar to a fresh meteorite, but we cannot
retain the rusty outside patina once it goes into our Stabilization
you have us Stabilize/Restore your material, and you keep it properly
displayed and protected, we will do future touch ups should you need
them at no charge other
than shipping back to you.
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