That's right. It's called a Sikhote-Alin, iron meteorite and this little guy has quite the history. It was part of the largest fall recorded in history. On February 23, 1947 at 10:30am it fell from the clear blue sky along with an estimated 23,000 kilos of debris. The smoke trail was seen from 300km. Its twisted shape is common in violent breakups.
It's composed of molten iron and nickel and weighs just over 31grams. It's got some heft for its size.
So how did I get it? Well on a recent trip to Northern California my wife dragged me into yet another jewelry store. The owner seeing I was bored out of my skull called me over to a display case. It's was filled with what looked like molten metal or slag. He took out a piece about the size of a tennis ball and handed it to me. I just about dropped it not expecting the weight it packed. It was then he told me what it was. I was totally blown away. I knew instantly I had to have one. I pulled up a stool and he proceeded to give me a brief geology/history lessons on the piece as well as others he had from the same fall ranging in size from a thimble to one that was about the size of a REAL big potato that went for $23k. Guess which one this ain't.
I can't begin to describe the feeling of holding it knowing it was not made by man or earth but the heavens. It's real mind blower. :eek