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Identity HelpID help please

17th Nov 2019 10:24 UTCadrian street

Hello again , I need some help to identify this, opaque metalic black mirror finish , magnetic  and has a black streak .found in outback Australia...approx 10 mm.....18.5 carats

17th Nov 2019 10:25 UTCadrian street

another shot

17th Nov 2019 10:26 UTCadrian street

a third

17th Nov 2019 10:33 UTCKeith Compton Manager

How about narrowing down the location a bit.
That could be anywhere within a 4 million + sq km range


17th Nov 2019 11:46 UTCadrian street

Chudliegh park station central Queensland on the Peridot fields.

17th Nov 2019 12:31 UTCJosé Zendrera Expert

Although seems to be water worn, looks like some surfaces are triangular like octahedral faces. And magnetite is often found with peridot...

17th Nov 2019 13:08 UTCHarold Moritz Expert

How magnetic? Does it go "thunk" onto the magnet and stay there when held inverted? If so then based on that and the photo and streak it can only be magnetite. If it is weakly magnetic, then it is something else, but by the looks of it, I'm betting it is strongly magnetic.

17th Nov 2019 13:45 UTCadrian street

Thanks all for your thoughts , have had several collectors look at it and they are a bit puzzled , it is not strongly magnetic , barely holds itself on ,  Someone has suggested a meteorite...?????

17th Nov 2019 13:53 UTCA. Mathauser

Not strongly magnetic - not magnetite, not iron meteorite. To me - it's man-made object.

17th Nov 2019 19:59 UTCUwe Kolitsch Manager

Looks man-made to me as well.

18th Nov 2019 02:24 UTCadrian street

another angle...

18th Nov 2019 13:45 UTCPaul De Bondt Manager

The chances of finding a meteorite is less than winning the lottery.
You have more chances been elected Pope !

Man made object.
In some side brooks of the Lesse river in Belgium, such stones are fequently found.
They are from old furnaces and foundaries.

But in that area, there are no furnaces. These slags where brought there to make dykes and fortifications for the river bed.

18th Nov 2019 15:15 UTCKevin Conroy Expert

Can we please see a view of the top (arrowed)?   Is this surface natural or broken?

18th Nov 2019 15:28 UTCPaul De Bondt Manager

Seems that there's a little bubble.

18th Nov 2019 17:19 UTCDonald B Peck Expert


It is difficult to tell if the surface is " natural" or broken.  But the coating looks like it might be limonite, which would suggest that the piece lay out in the weather for some time, with that top face exposed.  I think you have a furnace or foundry product, but am not certain.


18th Nov 2019 17:41 UTCPaul Brandes Manager


Does it seem light in weight for its size?
I would tend to agree with Don's analysis of a foundry product.

18th Nov 2019 17:58 UTCThomas Lühr Expert

Looks not natural to me too

19th Nov 2019 10:29 UTCadrian street

It feels heavy for it size  and the brown color on the top is just a reflection on the surface,  which is mirror like metalic over the whole specimen.........thanks everyone for all your input .

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