Curious Moldavite Green Coloured Tektite
Moldavite (sometimes incorrectly spelt moldovite) is a unique and curious material which cannot accurately be classified as a crystal. More correctly known as a tektite it's now extremely rare hence market price has risen dramatically in recent years making even the smallest piece of moldavite very expensive. It's estimated that the total amount of material left available to mine is around 275 tons.
Moldavite is believed to have been formed when a huge meteorite struck the earth and the heat of the impact metamorphosed surrounding rocks but there are also numerous other theories which relate to its origin.
If moldavite is something you're not familiar with it's well worth getting your hands on a piece whilst it's still available. It's a curious and fascinating material especially for those with an interest in rocks and minerals. When held up towards the light this highly translucent glass-like material becomes even more fascinating.
As with all unpolished moldavite, this piece has a unique and distinctive texture that's really difficult to describe and certainly can't be likened to anything else in the mineral world.
To zoom in even closer and see more detail in this unique looking material head over to our page on Flickr where you'll find the original sized photograph.
Weight (grams) : 6.7
Size (cms) : 3.2 x 2.1