"From the edge of the universe to the palm of your hand..."
Hmmmm... Now, where have we heard something like that before? 😅
Let's be clear: Apple's Titanium is homegrown in our solar system. In fact, Mini Museum gets its titanium from the very same source.
Titanium, for those steeped in the wonders of cosmic chemistry, is truly an elemental marvel. Originating from the volatile epochs of the early solar nebula some 4.5684 billion years ago (give or take a few isotopes), this metal's story begins with a series of nucleosynthetic processes. Cataclysmic stellar explosions, like Supernovae, release an array of heavy elements into space. As these materials drift and interact, they gradually aggregate and undergo complex fusion reactions. Titanium forms within the heart of these reactions, amidst a maelstrom of atomic collisions. It's a product of both the rapid (r-process) and slow (s-process) neutron-capture nucleosynthesis, processes that occur in these high-energy astrophysical environments.
Titanium's resilient nature and unique characteristics — like its high strength-to-weight ratio and resistance to corrosion — can be attributed to its specific atomic structure and the d-orbitals of its valence electrons.
So when you touch titanium, you're not just feeling a metal; you're touching a relic of ancient stellar alchemy, a testament to the universe's profound capability to create complexity from chaos.
Speaking of which, if you'd like to lay your hands on some titanium without dropping a couple grand on a phone, just pick up our SR-71 Blackbird Specimen, Concorde Jet Rotors, or even our Rough Sapphires.
Wait, sapphires? Yep, sapphires pick up their blue color from titanium.
These three specimens can also be found in our Third and Fourth Edition collections where you'll discover DOZENS of other equally COOL specimens with their incredible backstories.
But why stop there?
We have amazing meteorites featuring any number of wild metallic alloys, calcium inclusions, and, of course, good old volcanic remnants from other nearby celestial neighbors. Dinosaur bones! Real spaceships and relics from across the entire breadth of human history.
Plus, you don't even need to worry about 5G coverage in your area.
Mini Museum: Putting billions of years of science and history right in the palm of your hand since 2014.
Mini Museum - Fourth Edition (LARGE - 29 Specimens)