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Most Prohibitively Expensive Thing I Will Desire Today: A Rotating Solar System Ring Made Out of Meteorite

Do the Want Receptors of my brain care that this single ring costs between thirty-six and forty-two hundred dollars? Do they care that it’s on No, in fact they’re suggesting that for that amount of money, an order customized for my child-sized hands should probably be included. Here’s what the ring is made of:

This ring features a complete band of Gibeon Meteorite framed and mounted in an 18k gold band. The meteorite has been etched with nitric acid to reveal the characteristic patterns, or Widmanstatten figures, of iron meteorites, and set with 9 gemstones representing the planets of our Solar System. Mercury is represented by a rust colored Sapphire, Venus a golden Sapphire, Earth an irradiated blue Diamond, Mars a Ruby, Jupiter an Opal, Saturn a Cats Eye Chrysoberyl with an inlaid 24k gold ring, Uranus a green Sapphire, Neptune a blue Sapphire and Pluto a black Diamond. What really makes this ring special is that the band of meteorite spins independent of the gold ring, so when it is on, the planets rotate around the wearer’s finger.

I’ll just be over here, trying to refocus my Want Receptors on some cookies.

(via Diary of a Death Starlette.)

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  • George Curtiss

    That’s amaaaaaaaaaaaazing I want one

  • Chrissy Bedard

    how much for one with the *8* planets?

  • Ten Thousand Buckets

    That’s amazing. I don’t even need spinning or the gold band…

  • Jocelyn Dugan

    If you wear this ring, you’ll probably have superpowers bestowed upon you. Totally worth it.

  • Anonymous

    NINE Gemstones.For NINE planets.

    Jewelers know more about the solar system than scientists.

  • Leah Jane Watkins

    Except that Pluto isn’t a planet… 

  • Captain ZADL

    OK, for all the “8 or 9″ planet people, there are bigger worlds out there than Pluto in the same general area. So if you’re counting Pluto as a planet then you need to realize that there are far more than just 9 “planets.”

    Ceres (in the asteroid belt) was originally thought to be a planet, but was demoted to Asteroid, then in the wake of Pluto’s demotion to Dwarf Planet, was upgraded to Dwarf Planet as well. Then there’s Haumea, Eris, Makemake, and (unofficially) Orcus, Quaoar, Sedna, and the unimaginatively named 2007 OR10. There are more candidates out there, and the better our observations, the more we’ll find.

    All of these, ALL OF THESE are smaller than our Moon. The largest of these is Eris, and it’s about 67% the diameter of our Moon. There are moons (Titan, Europa, and more) that are bigger than our Moon. 

    So as you can see, classification is not simple. The scientists do know what they are doing, and perhaps the better word would be “worlds.”

    I personally don’t care how many planets we have. I don’t care if they’re bigger or smaller than our Moon. Each one is unique, interesting, and worthy of study. 

    Also, I want this ring.

  • Ten Thousand Buckets

     It has the potential to regain planet status if it is able to clear most of the rest of the rocks from its orbit. (Not that the high astronomy grand poobah council will be around by the time that happens…)

    Also disregarding Pluto really screws up my Sailor Moon mythos.

  • Alana Beltzer

    If ever I get married, this will be my husband’s wedding band..he has no choice. And if he isn’t completely thrilled with the idea, well, then, he was never the right guy for me.

  • Anonymous

     im getting married this summer, and our bands are gonna be meteorite!  we found a guy on etsy that makes awesome stuff.  im so happy i can have something nerdy for the big day…

  • Carmen Sandiego

     Just remember you can’t get the rings wet!  Meteorite is often heavy in iron (especially the types they put in jewelry) and will continue to oxidize (rust).  Take them off to wash your hands or in heavy rain.

  • Carmen Sandiego

     As a Scorpio, it makes me sad that my sign no longer has a ruling planet.  Yes, it’s still a celestial body I suppose, but :(.

  • Angel S.

    What?  No video showing the rotation?  From different angles?  How unnerdy is that?

  • Sylvia

    Wait, why is Pluto on there but not the rest of the dwarf planets?

    Eris feels left out, and you know the last time that happened there was this little thing called the Trojan War. Do you REALLY want to be responsible for Trojan War II? Hunh? Doya?

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking the same, except I want that ring for MY wedding band. =D

  • Anonymous

     Well, that is a pretty big downside.

  • Jeanette Diaz

    This will be my guy’s engagement ring. Soesn’t matter who proposes first.

  • Laurel Kornfeld

    Actually, Pluto is considered a planet by many astronomers. The reality is that the status of all dwarf planets is still a matter of debate. Only four percent voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was opposed by hundreds of professional astronomers led by New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern. The idea that an object has to clear its orbit to be considered a planet was artificially imposed by the four percent who voted on this definition. It is rejected by so many astronomers because it focuses on where an object is to the exclusion of what it is. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, it would not clear that orbit either. The farther an object is from the Sun, the larger an orbit it has to clear. That is why a better definition is simply that a planet is a non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. If an object is large enough and massive enough to be squeezed into a round shape by its own gravity, it is a planet. Interestingly, none of the planets in our solar system fully clear their orbits of asteroids, so by the IAU definition, one could say our Sun does not have any planets.

  • Laurel Kornfeld

    It does have a planet. See my comment above. There is no reason anyone has to accept the controversial decision by four percent of the IAU. These astronomers don’t accept it:

  • Laurel Kornfeld

    Eris is not bigger than Pluto. It was originally thought to be so, but when Eris occulted a star in November 2010, astronomers were able to obtain a more accurate measurement of it and found it is smaller than they thought, marginally smaller than Pluto. So Pluto is the largest dwarf planet. Ceres and Eris ARE planets, as is Pluto, as are all dwarf planets, including Haumea and Makemake. They are planets because they are in hydrostatic equilibrium, rounded by their own gravity. It doesn’t matter if they are smaller than our moon; the important size threshold is that of being large enough to be in hydrostatic equilibrium.This makes them complex worlds with geology and weather just like the larger planets. Compositionally, the spherical moons are also planets; the only difference is they orbit other planets instead of orbiting the Sun directly. Some astronomers have proposed calling them “secondary planets” or “satellite planets.” Ganymede and Titan are larger than our moon; Europa is not though it is a large world. The main reason four percent of the IAU felt the need to claim dwarf planets are not planets at all is they couldn’t deal with the notion of our solar system having too many planets. That is hardly a scientific reason. Yes, we do have more than nine planets in our solar system, and I would happily buy a ring with thirteen or more planets, as I would buy this one, if I could actually afford it.

  • Anonymous

     That’s true.  The designer has a special coating that prevents rust and water damage, and he will refund our money in case something does happen.  Thanks for looking out for me!

  • Kimberly

    Aww, come on guys!! It’s the 9 “classic, well known” planets, if you reaaaaally want to be specific.

    Let’s just be happy over this awesome ring! :D