My name is Mike and I am a life-long collector of all things rare and exotic. Every item I offer comes from reliable sources with solid provenance. You can be confident that each specimen is genuine and as described. I offer a world-class selection of rarities, including : meteorites, tektites, trinitite, minerals, fossils, amber, crystals, moldavite, desert glass, fulgurites, impactites, artifacts, and space/science memorabilia. This is home to one of the world's largest collections of meteorite micromounts with over 150 different localities and types, and I have supplied research specimens to numerous universities around the world.
About the Galactic Stone & Ironworks Collection :
I was a lifelong collector of rocks and minerals before I discovered meteorites. In the many years since then, I have amassed a large collection of meteorites from every corner of the world. I am a collector first and a dealer second, so I look for specimens that I would put into my own collection - if it's not worthy of my personal collection, then it will never be offered for sale. Many of the specimens I sell on this website are from my collection and the proceeds go to offset the costs of building that collection.
In addition to being a rockhound, I am also a long-time amateur astronomer with a keen interest in planetary science. I have the utmost respect for science and the scientists who conduct the research that unlocks the mysteries of our universe. Because of this, I observe strict curation protocols for all of my specimens. They are handled with gloves and stored in a humidity-controlled environment. When cutting meteorites, I use only distilled water during slicing and I hand-sand all pieces to avoid potential contamination. All of my specimens are carefully weighed, photographed, labeled, and inventoried. I also keep detailed records of provenance and chain of custody for all meteorites I offer.
Every meteorite is special and we are only temporary caretakers for these cosmic relics from the birth of the solar system. It is a pleasure to offer these space rocks to collectors so they can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Whenever possible, I donate specimens to schools and institutions so they may inspire young minds to study the sciences. By providing meteorites to scientists, I feel I am helping out in a small indirect way with their research. Galactic Stone and Ironworks will always work to offer interesting and rare types of specimen to any buyer - collectors, scientists, or other dealers.
Along with rocks and meteorites, I also collect fossils. I live near the famous "Bone Valley Formation" in Florida, which is known around the world for it's rich and diverse fossil deposits. I am a fossil hunter and I recover most of my own specimens, including Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene fauna such as megalodon shark, mastodon, and mammoth. These specimens are handled and offered using the same professional protocols I extend to all of my collection pieces. My fossil speciality is Pleistocene megafauna and I have many specimens that are not on this website yet. If your research or collection requires a specific fossil you do not see listed here, please contact me via email to inquire. Trades are also considered.
Mailing List for Discounts and Exclusive Offers :
Join the Galactic Stone Mailing List. You will get a permanent 25%-OFF discount on every item in the store. In addition, you'll get first notice on all new shipments and specimens. There are also occasional freebie offers and trivia contests. I do not share or sell email addresses, and your information will remain confidential. To join the mailing list, contact me via email at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Trades, Exchanges, and Requests :
I will consider all exchange offers. If you have something interesting or unusual (meteorites or otherwise) that you would like to trade, contact me via email. I also take requests : Do you need a special meteorite for your display or collection? Let me know. I have excellent sources and can acquire any meteorite, including large ones and rare types. If I don't have it, I can get it for you - just inquire via email.
Institutional and Scientific Studies :
In addition to past membership in the Meteoritical Society, I have been an active member of the meteorite community for over ten years. I have written articles for Meteorite Times, Cloudy Nights, and Astronomy Technology Today. I have done exchanges or sales with several institutions and universities, including : Penn State, UCLA, Utah State, NASA, UC Riverside, Nevada Desert Research Institute, Cornell University, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State, Indiana Geological Survey, Colorado State, University of Alaska, Kent State, University of Toronto, University of Warsaw, Texas Tech, and others. One of my meteorites (NWA 6696) resides in the UCLA research collection, and my specimens have been the subject of two academic research papers. I have also provided meteorites and other specimens for educational/outreach use to schools around the world. I observe strict curation protocols for all of my specimens and they are suitable for scientific study unless otherwise noted. I offer a generous discount on prices for specimens that will be used for research or educational purposes.