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How to Handle you Admire Pallasite Slice
It is best to handle your slice by the edges, avoiding touching the face of it with your fingers as our fingers have natural oil on them. Please remember that your slices are usually only 3-4mm thick, and they can literally break into pieces if they are dropped or bumped against something solid. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling them. Don't stack your slices on top or each other; your best way to store them is either in a display case or in a riker box. A riker box is a very sturdy box that has a glass front, allowing you to be able to see inside the box without opening it. They have cotton underneath for protection. We take a clean piece of computer paper and cut it to fit the riker box and place that on top of the cotton - this actually allows you to see the true look of the crystals even better than with just the cotton behind it.
How to Care For Your Admire Pallasite Meteorite Slice
Your Admire Slice has been prepared using several steps which were developed from advanced technology in both processes and products dealing with rust.   We can't give you the exact details of each and every step that we do, because it is proprietary information that belongs to all of us who have been involved in the discovery of the stabilization process we are using; but we can tell you that the entire process takes well over a week to complete. These processes and products are designed to arrest the rusting that the Admire Meteorite is known for.

Always keep your meteorites, especially slices of any kind, in a dry place. Air and moisture are the worst enemies. Please check your meteorite at least once a month to look for any signs of change.

The Admire Pallasite Meteorite slice that you have purchased has been coated with a clear acrylic as it's final step to keep it protected from moisture in the air.  If you have any problems, please contact us as soon as possible and we will be happy to refinish it for you.  Iron will rust and most of our meteorites are high in iron, however  we make every effort to stabilize every meteorite that we process so that they will last for many years to come.  We do not gaurantee our meteorites not to rust but we will refinish them at no charge.

Care of Your Other Meteorites  

If you are here reading this, you must be the proud owner of a beautiful, one of a kind meteorite.
Some Meteorites are composed of iron- they will rust unless properly taken care of. Below are instructions on how to keep your iron meteorite looking like the day you got it!

Meteorite Care
For Pallasite Slices or Etched Slices (not coated with acrylic)

Items you will need:
                                                    Q-tips, CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust remover)
                                                    90% rubbing alcohol,
                                                    ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid)
                                                    clean, soft rags.

           1) Dip a Q-tip into the CLR
           2) Touch the area that is rusting with the dipped Q-tip, then gently rub away the rust.

           3) Wipe the entire meteorite down at least 3 times with a soft, clean rag soaked in
                rubbing alcohol. you do not want to leave any clr on your meteorite as it will turn
                the slice yellow.

          4) Allow the slice to dry completely.
          5) Submerge the slice in ATF, preferably overnight.
          6) Remove from the ATF and wipe all the ATF off the slice with a soft rag.

This process will give your slice a shelf life of 3-12 months- more or less- depending on the humidity where you live. This process will not dull the etch, as long as you don't leave CLR on the slice; and can be done as often as you see rust developing on the surface.

Note: If the entire slice has been overcome by rust then it must be sanded, polished and re-etched. If you purchased your slice from us and this has happened, you can send it to us and we will restore it for you at no charge except for shipping both ways

(The information given on this website is based upon how we treat our meteorites.
 We are not responsible for any damage as a result of this information.)

Meteorite Care
For Natural Individuals
If you are lucky enough to have an Iron or Stoney-Iron  Meteorite with it's natural patina still intact, then you are lucky indeed! Only a true collector will appreciate the beauty and simplicity of maintaining a natural specimen. For the most part, you will never need to do anything to your natural specimen. It will long outlast you and probably your great grandchildren! The outer layer or patina that your natural meteorite has will protect it. If you live in a high humidity area, you might want to invest in a small dehumidifier that you can buy at most Wal-Mart type stores, and an enclosed glass display case. Handling your meteorites will allow the natural oils that are on our hands to also give the meteorite a natural oil protection. If your specimen becomes too rusted, or you have some concerns, please send us an email and we will try to help you.