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Meteorite Stabilization and Restoration Services

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT STABILIZE ADMIRE PALLASITE METEORITE FOR OTHERS. CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE OUR ADMIRE METEORITE SPECIMENS WILL RECIEVE STABILIZED ADMIRE 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 years 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

Risk

There 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

The 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 and stabilization.

      To get a quote on the cost to Stabilize and Restore your
specimen, please email pictures and weight to us at:
 meteoritestabilization@gmail.com
or 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. 


Timeframe

Our 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.

*PLEASE  READ*
          Our process will remove rust from your specimens. That
means 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 process.


Guarantee

         If 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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