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January 23, 2008 2:47 PM Subscribe
How can I give my girlfriend an engagement ring with a stone made of moon rock?
posted by ben242 to science & nature (20 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I are sort of post-hippie types who tend to buck tradition. We're not ready to get married yet, but I think its pretty likely in the next 1-2 years, and I want to get her a ring with a stone made of things Not Of This World. Does NASA hold auctions? What about the Russians? The Soviet space program had moon rocks, right? Or can I count on the Chinese to go to space and bring back enough rocks to make them cheaper than a lead-doped Barbie?
If and when I get my hands on a piece of our lunar neighbor, can I get a geologist or a jeweler to work with it? I don't care about the shapes you typically get with cut diamond -- in fact, the more authentic, the better.
Should I be worried about the longevity of the rock? Will our lame-ass atmosphere cause it to degrade and turn to dust in our lifetimes?