Specimen weight: 769 grams
specimen is a partial slice, cut thin enough to show very nice
translucence of the olivine crystals, yet thick enough to
maintain the beautiful golden color of the olivine crystals. If
Fukang is cut too thin,
the crystal color fades to a light yellow instead of the true
deep gold color. This is a truly museum-quality specimen, since
I have exchanged several matching slices to museums worldwide!
Fukang meteorite was found in Xinjiang Province, China in 2000
by a hiker. A single mass weighing 1003 kilograms (2010 lbs) was
found. The man had often stopped and had lunch on this giant
rock, and he always wondered what the metal and crystals were.
He finally took a hammer and chisel and broke some pieces off,
which he sent to the USA to confirm that it was a meteorite. I
negotiated with the finder by email and was planning to fly to
China to see the mass, but he did not want me to see it, he was
afraid that I might steal it, as if I could put a 1 ton
meteorite in my pocket! After that, I decided it was not worth
the time and money to try and purchase the meteorite. It was
later purchased by a consortium of buyers. I have bought many
kilos of pieces from them, including the 10 kilogram center
block this piece was cut from.