Tektite Specimen

Moldavite is a fascinating and beautiful gemstone. It is one of the rarest minerals on earth, as it is only found in a few limited areas in the south of the Czech Republic. Why this is so is the subject of much debate, but the most feasible explanation is that it was formed some 14.7 million years ago as the result of a meteorite collision with the earth in an area of present day Germany a few hundred kilometres to the west of southern Bohemia, forming the Ries crater, and projecting molten rock eastwards. The molten rock solidified as it travelled back to earth, forming a natural glass which fell into an area of the Vlatava river valley (in German the Moldau river, hence the name Moldavite), where it is still found today, albeit in ever-decreasing quantities.

Moldavite is a natural glass belonging to the tektite family. Apart form its beautiful appearance, it is prized by healers and collectors for its remarkable metaphysical properties, and many people can feel its powerful vibrations simply by holding it in the hand or placing on the forehead.

This beautiful green mineral exists in various shapes, the most prized of which are the leaf shapes from Besednice and the drop shapes from Chlum. The more perfect the shape and the bigger the specimen, the more valuable it is. Moldavite is also found in irregular shapes which are used for cutting into cabochons and faceted gemstones, for use in jewellery. Moldavite can vary from a dull pale green to a beautiful intense green, and from opaque to the most stunning translucence, and its beauty is best appreciated when the stone is viewed against the light.

Cut moldavite often contains visible natural gas bubbles, and gems with bubble inclusions are very sought-after. The bubbles were formed before the material solidified nearly 15 million years ago.

Moldavite is one of the most collectable of gemstones because of the infinite variety of shapes produced as it solidified on its way through the atmosphere before landing on earth. Some shapes and colours are more beautiful and desirable than others, but all have their own fascination for the collector. Being a relatively soft substance of around 6/10 on the Mohs scale, faceted and cabochon stones are best set as pendants and earrings to avoid damage, but moladavite rings are also very beautiful and can be worn provided the wearer exercises due care.

If you visit my website below, you can see pictures of rare and beautiful moldavite specimens from my personal collection.

John Tidball is the site owner of [http://www.peerlessgems.co.uk] a website dedicated to advice and guidance on the purchase of diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewellery and precious gemstones.

Is this real or fake MOLDAVITE?

I want to buy from eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/-Tektite-Specimen-RAPID-SPIRITUAL-EVOLUTION-/140506769862?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b6db29c6#ht_500wt_1156

Is it real or fake?

IT is difficult to determine from a single photo. While I wrote the guide on eBay about fake moldavites, at the time I was examining fake specimens there were no broken ones being offered. It goes to reason that some will be broken in the manufacturing will make its way into the market.

It is more likely NOT a real moldavite. I can not see if there is a recent broken edge. Moldavites are of a consistent color throughout the glass even if they have a range of color. This specimen shows several sections of clearing glass.

Either way there are cheaper real moldavites in the meteorite and tektite category and are of a much better quality. $5 for a sliver is not worth buying in my opinion. Premium moldavites known as "Besednice" or "porcupines" are to be sought for their beauty.

I did a quick look at ebay offerings and there are several if not dozens of fakes or else southeast asian tektites being offered as moldavites. Look for consistent color. non glossy ones are removed from sand bars so not being shinny is not a disqualifier. To be sure of authenticity look for offerings from ebay sellers who are also members of the IMCA--International Meteorite Collectors Association.

JMDMT #1898 Microfossils of Cyanobacteria in Carbonaceous Meteorites




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