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#1 sealevel

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:50 AM

I have often wondered about the forthcoming questions but never thought to bring them up on the Forum until now (no doubt due to "The beauty of Pallasites" post). The Brahin is an 1810 historical find with a TKW of 823 kilograms, while the Esquel is a 1951 recent find with a TKW of 755 kilograms. Both are classified as Pallasite, PMG. So, why does the Esquel bring in a consistent higher market price than the Brahin? Is it Aesthetics? Acquisition story? Olivine gem quality? Structural integrity? A 68 kilogram difference in TKW (I doubt that)? One would think an 1810 historic find component would play a role in increased market value. Anyone?

Esquel - http://www.lpi.usra.....php?code=10054

Brahin - http://www.lpi.usra....l.php?code=5130


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:35 AM

Esquel is renowned for its stability, whereas Brahin's reputation is much more patchy.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:36 AM

Thanks, Nigel. That's one!

1. Better structural integrity - Esquel

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:29 AM

Nigel nailed the main point - stability. Esquel is known for it's stability. It was found in a drier locale than Brahin, so it has experienced less terrestrial contamination and weathering. The majority of Esquel specimens are stable, whereas the majority of Brahin pieces will have some issues with oxidation.

Also, Esquel is arguably more beautiful. It has been known to have green olivines, in addition to the more common oranges and yellows. Esquel olivines also tend to be clearer and less fractured.

Some of the best prepared Esquel comes from Bob Haag - his pieces are absolutely stunning, albeit more pricey.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:56 AM

Is there any Esquel on the market that did not come from Bob Haag originally?

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

Nigel nailed the main point - stability. Esquel is known for it's stability. It was found in a drier locale than Brahin, so it has experienced less terrestrial contamination and weathering. The majority of Esquel specimens are stable, whereas the majority of Brahin pieces will have some issues with oxidation.

Also, Esquel is arguably more beautiful. It has been known to have green olivines, in addition to the more common oranges and yellows. Esquel olivines also tend to be clearer and less fractured.

Some of the best prepared Esquel comes from Bob Haag - his pieces are absolutely stunning, albeit more pricey.

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Thanks, Michael. That's two and three!

1. Better structural integrity - Esquel
2. Better all around aesthetics - Esquel
3. Better Olivine quality - Esquel

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:08 AM

Is there any Esquel on the market that did not come from Bob Haag originally?

Peter


Hi Peter
Originally only from Bob H. then resold material, obviously.

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