For a few years now I have been collecting meteorites and other minerals. I have always been interested in geology and space, and meteoritics is the awe-inspiring field where the Heavens and Earth collide.
Since meteorites are so rare and come from so far away, they must be handled with respect. Because of their scientific significance they need to be curated properly. I believe that cutting meteorites is to be avoided, but it is a necessary evil, particularly with specimens where the beauty lies inside. Out of respect for the material, cut-loss needs to be minimized, and for this reason, I use a wire saw for cutting all classifications – be they pallasites or L6 specimens. I have cut meteorites for fellow-collectors, dealers and institutions.
I really enjoy the thrill of hunting meteorites in a strewn field, and few things beat finding your own! My most recent finds have been a 4.8 kg Glorieta Mountain pallasite and a 2.5 kg Deport iron.
The most gratifying aspect of being a collector is seeing the sparkle in a little kid’s eye when he/she is holding a rock from Mars or the Moon. For this reason, I make a point of visiting classrooms with various specimens and information sheets. I also enjoy the camaraderie of the meteorite community and establishing relationships with meteorite enthusiasts around the world, whether it is via email, by phone, or in person in Tucson or Ensisheim. I am honoured to be a part of this eclectic community.
Let the meteorites fall where they may…, and let’s go get them!!!