OUT OF THIS WORLD
The Meteorite Collection by Lorenz Bäumer
Jewels in the Meteorite collection by noted French designer, Lorenz Bäumer are truly out of this world. When asked why this noted designer of fine jewelry looked to the stars for his latest creations, he commented, "I like the idea that this extraordinary material, rarer than diamonds, went through space and time."
By Cynthia Unninayar
People have been fascinated by objects streaking across the sky for millennia. And, when one of these objects strikes the Earth, it is called a meteorite. Recently, a very rare meteorite, weighing 70 pounds, was sold at Christie's for a record $237,500. It is from Barringer Crater (more commonly known as "Meteor Crater") in northern Arizona, where it crashed into the desert some 50,000 years ago. Made of iron, this type of meteorite makes up only 2% of meteorites that fall to earth.
The National Museum of Natural History in the Grande Galerie de l'évolution in Paris is also featuring meteorites in a special exhibition from now until June 10, so if you are in France, it is definitely worth the visit.
Meteorites have also been used in jewelry over time, and one of the most beautiful collections I have seen comes from noted Parisian designer, Lorenz Bäumer. He uses these extraterrestrial objects in earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings and even has created a meteorite timepiece. Embellished with diamonds and other celestial motifs, these very contemporary pieces let you truly wear something from the stars. To hear Lorenz describe his inspiration for his Meteorite jewels, click here.