Moldavite is an olive-green or dull greenish vitreous substance possibly formed by a meteorite impact. It is one kind of tektite. It was named by A. Dufrnoy for the town of Moldauthein  in Bohemia (the Czech Republic), where it occurs. It is sometimes cut and polished as an ornamental stone under the name of pseudo-chrysolite. Its bottle-green glass color led to its being commonly called Bouteillen-stein, and at one time it was regarded as an artificial product, but this view is opposed to the fact that no remains of glassworks are found in the neighborhood of its occurrence; moreover, pieces of the substance are widely distributed in Tertiary and early Pleistocene deposits in Bohemia and Moravia. For a long time, it was generally believed to be a variety of obsidian, but its difficult fusibility and its chemical composition are rather against its volcanic origin. 

Moldavite – a mysterious stone 14.7 million years old, being rumored to carry fortune to its owner. The stone rise of which is circled in enigmas and a lot of theories. One of them describes a fall of huge body of several cubical kilometers bulk. Upon impact there arose a gigantic explosion comparable with multiple hydrogen bomb, atmosphere split and Moldavites (tektites) spawned within emerged vacuum bubble. Moldavites the look of which is exceedingly glamorous are colored in miscellaneous tints of green. It is used to be from light up to bright green, bottle-green, olive, vitriolic, and from brown-green to brown. Moldavites are of strong glass gleam, sometimes almost lacquer gleam. Moldavites’ sharps are weird – discs, balls, oval, drops, sticks, cylindrical sharps or irregular fragments. Ever before Moldavite’s surface attracted attention with its segmentation, with fine or rather bigger rounded or elliptical holes, occasionally wrinkled and eroded by the most romantic notches. Moldavites also hold attention by their not fully clear and mysterious origin. Thus, there’s no wonder they had become sought-after jewel stones.

Moldavite was created during an event of outstanding power, a force that has been estimated at 6 trillion megatons. This exceeds the power that would be generated if all the atomic bombs in the world were detonated at the same time. This enormous explosion produced a heat that was high enough to vaporise rocks and scientists speculate that the force was sufficient to pierce the earth's crust and penetrate the earth's iron core! This would have been sufficient reverse the earth's magnetic pole. Moldavite is regarded as a spiritual charm and was worn by the people of Eastern Europe as long as 25,000 years ago. Moldavite was also used as arrow heads and cutting tools.


Two-coloured moldavites are very rare between the Czechoslovak tektites.Recently further nine two-coloured moldavites were found in Southern Bohemia. Three of them were analyzed using an electron microprobe analyser. All the specimens are characterized on the basis of macro- and microobservations, i.e. colours and others optical properties, shapes, content of bubbles, number of lechatelierite grains. It may be stated that the colours of glass are the results of different chemical composition in differently coloured areas. The difference in colours appears to be caused by the total iron content, the Fe 2+/ Fe 3+ ratio, and partly also in MnO content. The sharpness of the contact between the differently coloured areas indicates that the two-coloured moldavite were at a high temerature for a very short time only. SOUKENÍK (1964) was the first who has mentioned a two-coloured moldavite, an oblate spheroid of 3,74 grams, from Skryje in Moravia. The body of the specimen is light olive brown, but contains a small light green portion of several cubic mm. The boundary between both zones is quite sharp.

Later, one additional also two-coloured cylindrical irregular moldavite fragment was discovered in the Soukeník‘s collection. It derives from the Mikulovice near Třebíč in Moravia. The body of the specimen is olive green but contains a small light green spot completely enclosed in the darker glass. In this case the boundary between the two coloured areas of glass appears diffuse. The two-coloured moldavite from Lipí in Southern Bohemia has been described by BOUŠKA (1965) and two noteworthy finds of two-coloured moldavites from Kamenný Újezd and Slávče in Southern Bohemia have been given BOUŠKA and ROST (1972). In the latter case two moldavites are thrust into each other. The collision evidently took place during the flight of an inhomogeneous swarm of moldavites, still plastic with somewhat different viscosities corresponding to their size and chemical composition, but already displaying almost definite aerodynamic shapes before their infall to the earth’s surface, as otherwise they could have been shattered.

The one with the sharper and probably more solidified surface is partly plunged into the other moldavite. The two-coloured moldavite from Kamenný Újezd is a quite unique example. One part of its drop shape, slightly olive green in colour, is plunged almost perpendicularly by its thicker end into the other moldavite which is flat oval and olive green. The junction of the two parts of the moldavite is anisotropic with relatively higher interference colours of the first order if examined between crossed nicols. The other parts of the joined moldavite display common anisotropy known in moldavites. The surficial sculpture is rather coarse in the main body and somewhat finer in the plunged drop. The schlieren and elongated vesicles in both parts of the moldavite are perpendicular to each other. For the present, most detailed study was devoted to the specimen from Lipí (KING and BOUŠKA 1968). The main body of the moldavite is olive brown and only a small portion on the periphery of the specimen is light green. The colours are quite distinct and correspond well to the previously published moldavite colour scale of BOUŠKA and POVONDRA (1964).

The microprobe traverse across the boundary between the light green and olive brown areas indicates that the transition between the areas of different composition (the difference in colour appears to be caused by the difference in total iron contect) is gradual and only about 20 microns wide. The sharpness of the boundary between the light green and olive brown glass together with the relatively constant K2O content greatly, and the different CaO values indicate that fractional volatilization probably was not responsible for the difference in composition in this two-coloured moldavite, and also that the specimen was at a high temperature during its formation for a very short period of time, on the order of seconds or some minutes as a maximum. The microprobe analysis of the specimen is presented and discussed together with our data. Recently, further nine two-coloured moldavites were found in Southern Bohemia and we could studied them in detail. Three selected were anylyzed using an electron microanalyzer.


By Mike Eggleston  

Because of limited production in the Czech Republic and increased popularity of Moldavite the past few years China, Thailand & Hong Kong have been using a glass composite to manufacture fake Moldavite and flooding the online market including ebay. Some of it is pretty good for those new to Moldavite and are not used to handling it and seeing large amounts. I have been seeing more and more reports of people seeing this material at Gem shows in Asia & Europe. A couple years ago there was a Chinese dealer at Tucson who had a bunch of it. Today July 31, 2011 I had a customer in Malaysia email me pics of a 184 Gram Fake he was offered for $3000 from a Chinese Dealer / "collector". These "Dealers" are getting bold making pieces this large.

The Largest Moldavite ever found was in the 230 gram range and anything over 50 grams is extremely hard to find on the market as they end up in Private collections pretty fast. I sold an 85 gram piece a couple months back and that is the largest I have personally held. It is important to educate yourself about all crystals and gems you are going to invest your money in, buy only from dealers who have a reputation in the business for having good material direct from the Czech Republic. My Source is the biggest in the Czech and I confirmed this 184 gram piece with him as we have been warning people about this for awhile. Good Moldavite is not cheap, with (1000 gram) KG prices for regular grade 2g to 19g Pieces selling for $3.15 per gram and up to $4.50+ per gram for KG of Top Quality. Resale is averaging $6 - $50+ per gram dependent on size & quality.

Those hoping to save a a few dollars by ordering from China or Asian dealers on ebay get what they pay for. 99% of the faceted Moldavite on ebay from Thailand and China is FAKE. See pictures below. Much of the Rough Fake material is one color, usually flat oval like shapes, good texture but do not have the natural veils and bubble inclusions of the real thing. Some are getting pretty good at it too. InnerVision Crystals offers top quality MOLDAVITE of all sizes, grades and shapes as well as faceted Gems. IVC is one of the top Moldavite Dealers in the world & buys directly from the source in the Czech Republic since 2006.

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It is speculated by some that the Holy Grail was not a cup but a green 'emerald' stone that fell to earth from the sky. Others believe that the cup was carved from Emerald. It is hypothesized that Moldavite was the stone as the ancients called all green stones Emerald and Moldavite is the only green stone to have fallen from the sky. Another expression of this theme is that the Grail was fashioned from an emerald that fell from Lucifer's forehead. It is said that the Grail was held to catch the blood of Christ as He died on the cross. In legends from the court of King Arthur the Grail was passed from knight to knight and provided food or drink that the knight or companion most desired. It is said that the Grail cup bought about healing and rejuvenation. It is also said to bring about spiritual awakening. The Grail was also a vessel that promoted true love and it is interesting to note that in the Czech Republic, the only place you can find Moldavite, it was used as a betrothal gift for centuries and said to bring harmony to a marriage. Moldavite was mentioned by Nicholas Roerich in relation to the Stone of Shamballa.

The stories exist in many cultures and are essentially variations on a single theme. A stone falls from heaven and is lost. Man's job is to recover the stone, use it to transform himself and the world and then return it to its source. Moldavite Properties People who hold Moldavite report quite a variety of sensations from a slight tingle or warmth in their hand which will often spread to the whole body. Occasionally there can be an opening of the heart chakra which causes some strange, but not painful, sensations in the chest. This can be accompanied by an emotional release and a 'flushing' of the face, this has been given the name 'Moldavite flush' because it happens so frequently. Some people will feel light headed and dizzy and rarely they may have a sensation of being lifted out of their body. I personally experience my crown chakra blossoming like flowers petals opening up. I have experience many people 'flushing' and can testify that almost everyone feels something from the Moldavite experience. People who purchase Moldavite find it can take some getting used to and some people need to wear or carry their Moldavite for short periods until they are used to it.

The Healing Power of Moldavites

1 comment:

  1. I think that the Franz Xaver Maxmilian Zippe used the name "Moldavite" for the first time. Origin on moldavite name =