Small moldavite pendant crafted in a slightly chunkier sterling silver setting. Only when held up towards the light can the rich green colour of this translucent cabochon really be fully appreciated. Minute bubbles can also be seen locked deep within the stone.
In geological terms moldavite is known as a tektite which is a spherical body of natural glass that formed as a result of an impact with Earth by a meteorite almost fifteen millions of years ago. The meteorite crashing into Earth created enough heat to melt the bedrock causing it to eject high up into the atmosphere. As the liquidised stone rapidly cooled and fell back to Earth it formed these glass-like objects.
The rapid cooling of the liquidised stone meant crystals did not have time to grow. Moldavite is therefore a mineraloid not a mineral. Other mineraloids or naturally occurring solids not made up of crystals include opal, shungite, pearl and obsidian to name just a few.
There's only a limited amount of moldavite left available to mine and it can only be found in the Czech Republic. For this reason it's in high demand and prices are continuously rising.