A beautiful Moldavite Specimen. Many people seek to own their own Moldavite. It is a popular mineral with collectors who covet its rarity and beauty, and crystal healers who seek out its transformative properties. This piece is large and forest green in colour. The photos have been taken in sunlight and backlit to show the transparency. Moldavite originated due to the impact of a meteorite in the Bohemia region 15 million years ago. Spoil yourself!
Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic.
3.5cm x 1.7cm x 1.1cm, 7.5g.
Moldavite is a green form of Tektite that is found mainly in the southern Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic. It is a common misconception that tektites come from space like meteorites do. A tektite is a natural glass formed when the earth is ejected into the atmosphere during a meteorite impact. Moldavite is a particularly attractive form of tektite, sometimes faceted into gemstones. Moldavite was also traded by prehistoric humans, and is sometimes found outside of the normal strewnfield.
Some say they come from space but they are formed when a meteorite impacts the Earth melting sands and material into the air at great velocity. I think the creation of MOLDAVITE goes something like this… When the Meteor is coming closer and closer to Earth it pushes a pressure wave in front of its self. As the Meteor gets very close the pressure increases immensely – bouncing back and forth the meteor more rapidly as it gets closer. Until it is so great that it creates a nuclear type explosion above the ground (maybe like the Tunguska explosion). The power of such an explosion almost instantaneously heats up the sand on the surface of the Earth to white hot when the sand is melted into glass.
Whence it cools it forms the rare MOLDAVITE. The shape is from just after the explosion the pressure wave goes way out and creates a vacuum whist the molten glass is cooling rapidly. This is also the time when it floes through the air and atmosphere to form the strewn fields. The Bottle-Green colour is due to more SIO2 than other Tektites and Moldavite which is sort after especially from the Bohemia, Czech Republic locations. Acid in the soil is responsible for the deep troughs and valleys in the rough formations.