Dangle Earring with Meterorite Stones embedded in silver wire clip.
Campo Del Cielo Meteorite:
The Campo Del Cielo refers to a group of iron meteorites or to the area where they were found. This area is situated on the border between the provinces of Chao and Santiago del Estero, 620 miles NW of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The crater field covers an area of 3X18.5 kilometers and contains at least 26 craters, the largest being 115X91 meters. The craters' age is estimated as 4,000-5,000 years. The craters and the area around contain numerous fragments of iron meterorite. The total weight of the pieces so far recovered is about 100 tons, making the meteroite possibly the heaviest one ever recovered on Earth.
The first record of the Campo was 1576. A Spanish governor learned of the iron from the Indians who reportedly believed that it had fallen from heaven. the governot sent an expedition under the command of one Captain de Miraval who brought back a few pieces of a huge iron mass he called Meson de Fierro (large table of iron).
The location of the find was the Campo del Cielo (field of the sky or heaven), a fitting name for the location of a meteroite. Since the Indians believed that the irons fell from heaven the name may have come from the meteroites. The area is an open brush-covered plain that has litttle water and not other rocks-very good country in which ro locate meteroites.