New England Meteoritical Services

Meteorite Pricing

Pultusk, Poland

Because meteorites are so scarce, they are priced and sold by the gram. Scarcity, availability, the size of the specimen, and the amount and quality of preparation that went into the piece can all affect price.

Common iron meteorite prices are generally in the range of US$0.50 to US$5.00 per gram. Stone meteorites are much scarcer and priced in the US$2.00 to US$20.00 per gram range for the more common material. It is not unusual for the truly scarce material to exceed US$1,000 per gram. It sounds very intimidating, but comparing meteorite prices to more familiar material puts the prices in perspective.

Meteorites are a very rare commodity and are priced accordingly, but they are not expensive when compared to other rarities. In 1993 approximately 331,000 kilograms of gold were produced in the United States alone. The production for that one year exceeds all the known meteoritical material in the world, excluding Antarctic meteorites, which are not available to the marketplace.

Diamond crystals, Brazil

Diamonds are sold by the carat, which is 200 milligrams. In other words, a one carat diamond weighs 1/5 gram. The approximate historic worldwide production of diamonds is 400,000 kilograms and increases annually. This includes all grades from industrial to gem quality. The majority of diamonds are not gem quality, but a good grade one carat diamond can cost several thousand U.S. dollars or $25,000 to $30,000 per gram.

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