[meteorite-list] Serichi (Habaswein) stability--somewhat answered

From: Andrey <anjer1111_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:49:41 +0200
Message-ID: <CAD79+1ENp=-+uOVrtmKsDWSABKiLAYFa+qF9mT5dgu7FEmNbmg_at_mail.gmail.com>


And many thanks to *everyone *who answered. I somewhat did not expect such
an active course of discussion.

At this point I need to say that I am not only collector (and did't wrote
this anywhere) - I am small dealer also. I cut and prepare irons and
pallasites by myself for 9 years, so I have some experience in this. You
can see my works on ebay for all time, please don't consider advertising.

As all who works with irons and pallasites, I have certain methods of
stabilization. Sometimes they works great, sometimes only for some time,
sometimes don't work at all. The reasons can be imperfection of my methods,
quality of specific initial pieces and rather humid climate where I live.
But the main factor (just my personal opinion) is meteorite itself. Are
there many of us who have seen stabilized for years Dronino or Admire? Even
Brenham or Muonionalusta? Short time - no problem, but for years?

Polished to mirror slice of Sericho without any protect (was left as a test
specifically) get rusty for 5 days. So the purpose of my question was to
understand is this my preparing methods so bad, piece, climate or Sericho
is itself so.

So thank you ALL again, for your advice especially. Happy Holidays and best
wishes from Vilnius,

2017-12-05 9:03 GMT+02:00 Mendy Ouzillou via Meteorite-list <
meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>:

> I will take a slightly different approach to the original question. As a
> collector, what was your intent?
> If you wanted to display it to enjoy the beauty of a pallasites, then
> stability of the specimen is paramount. If you collect pallasites in
> general
> and wanted to add to your collection to occasionally take out of storage to
> enjoy, then curation of the specimen is paramount. I think we all realize
> that any meteorite with any iron will rust, the real question is at what
> rate based on your storage environment. We should also acknowledge once a
> specimen has gone from the original owner to the next, it is hard to know
> if
> your meteorite is a ruster or not because as mentioned previously, some may
> have been found above ground and others suffered many years underground and
> in constant contact with water with many different minerals present.
> I own a large slice of Nantan that by all accounts is a known super ruster
> and yet this slice only has only a light film of gun oil on it and has not
> rusted one tiny bit since purchased 4 years ago. So ...
> If you intended to display:
> I counselled my clients to not buy Sericho until it has had its reputation
> proven over a year or two. My personal feeling is that I'd rather
> potentially spend a bit more later than take the chance of having a
> specimen
> disintegrate. If you want to get in early, probably best to spend the extra
> money and get the iron or in this case pallasite specimen stabilized (KD
> Meteorites). If that is not an option, there is nothing wrong with adding a
> layer of lacquer to minimize the effects of being in an open environment as
> long as you realize that you are slowing down the effects of rust and not
> stopping it. The key is making sure that the lacquer is properly applied so
> as not to trap any water in the specimen.
> If you want to store:
> Here is my secret. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AN4CT/ (Lock &
> Lock Airtight Rectangular Food Storage Container with Drain Tray 131.87-oz
> /
> 16.48-cup) and
> https://www.desiccantpackets.com/loose-silica-gel/pounds-
> loose-bulk-orange-i
> ndicating-silica-gel-desiccant-2-4-mm-beads-moisture-absorber-
> dehumidifier.h
> tml (Orange Silica Gel Beads - Per Pound). The airtight containers work
> very
> well and still provide very easy access to your specimens. Also there is a
> tray that allows you to separate the desiccant on bottom and specimens on
> top. From a curation standpoint and much experimentation, it is hard to
> beat
> this system.
> I hope this is helpful.
> Best to all,
> Mendy Ouzillou
> SkyFall Meteorites
> IMCA #8395
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Meteorite-list [mailto:meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com]
> On
> Behalf Of John Lutzon via Meteorite-list
> Sent: Monday, December 4, 2017 11:45 PM
> To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
> Subject: [meteorite-list] Serichi (Habaswein) stability--somewhat answered
> Sorry Andrey,
> Your small/simple question got hijacked. Some people tend to do this.
> I hope, that somewhere in the muddle, your questions where answered.
> As you may have deduced -- there's no One answer on the stability of any
> meteorite. As Anne stated, there are many variables--where/when found,
> preparation etc.
> So Andrey, try to research who you're buying from and also do the sideline
> research on what may be the best preparation for this particular
> meteorite.
> This can be difficult- you may want to ask this list who are the respected
> preparers of meteorites and then follow up with that person.
> In essence, you're almost back where you started.
> From experience--don't invest too much into any specimen until you
> understand/feel comfortable with what you are trying to obtain.
> Cost me - $2,000
> Please Do Not hijack Andrey's question again.
> If he wants to reply -- HE will .............
> John
> Just a small question to new Sericho (was Habaswein) Kenya pallasite
> >>>>>>>>>> owners, dealers, cutters: how stable is it?
> >>>>>>>>>> From my own experience I noticed its extreme degree of
> >>>>>>>>>> instability, similar to Admire or even more... Is this
> >>>>>>>>>> unlucky piece, just fortuity or is it really so?
> >>>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>> Thanks in advance for your answers,
> >>>>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>>> Andrey,
> >>>>>>>>>> IMCA#6240
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