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Moldavite Properties, Facts and Photos

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1. What is Moldavite?
2. Beware of Fake Moldavite
3. Moldavite Healing Properties
4. Article Pictures
5. Shop Moldavite

What is Moldavite?

Moldavite is a natural glass formed following a meteorite shower in the Moldau Valley (now the Czech Republic).  The event is believed to have taken place approximately 14.8 million years ago.

Sometimes incorrectly spelt moldovite, this translucent dark green substance is relatively rare.

Moldavite is part of the family of 'glassy objects' known as tektites.  These include irregular and sometimes intricately shaped nodules or 'blobs' of a glassy substance that often contains tiny bubbles.

The name 'tektite' comes from the Greek word 'tektos' meaning 'molten'. 

Moldavite is not crystalline so it has no internal crystal structure.  It's therefore not a mineral.  Naturally occurring solids void of a significant crystal structure are known as mineraloids.

The chemistry of tektites is unique.  Samples taken from rocks at the impact site where moldavite formed confirm it was created following an impact from a meteorite.

The impact and immense heat melted rocks and ejected them high up into the atmosphere.

As they cooled and fell back to Earth the liquidised stone formed glass-like bodies.

Many different types of tektite formed during similar impact events.  Most have their own names but moldavite is by far the best-known.

The pitting on the surface of the rough material comes from being submerged in water for a long period of time.

Moldavite was originally believed to come from the moon.  Some believed it may have been a by-product of a volcano.  Others suggested it could have been produced following the explosion of an Earth-like planet in the asteroid belt.

Following analysis of samples brought back from the moon in 1969, scientists confirmed moldavite was definitely of terrestrial origin.

two groups of green moldavite stones side by side

During the Stone Age, moldavite is known to have been used to make tools.  Thousands of years later it was a popular talisman.

Some believe it was originally an emerald that fell from the sky out of the crown of an angel.  Exposure to anything that's been in contact with moldavite is said to quicken one's spiritual evolution.

Moldavite grades 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Beware of Fake Moldavite

Moldavite is rare and expensive.  As a result fake material is being produced on an industrial scale.

If you're looking for a piece of moldavite only buy from a reputable and trustworthy seller.  Take a chance and you may end up with an expensive piece of glass.

It's worth noting that only one moldavite mine in the Czech Republic is currently in use.  The amount of material being excavated has been drastically reduced in recent years.

Due to the negative impact of mining practices on the environment, no other source has been approved by the government.  That said, plenty of moldavite is being mined illegally for sale on the black market.  

Fake moldavite that's being produced in China can look incredibly authentic.  A considerable amount of this material is reaching Europe and North America through Hong Kong and India.

I'm fairly sure some retailers sell a mixture of real moldavite and fake. 

There are many articles online that advise on how to identify genuine moldavite.  However, not all of the advice is trustworthy or correct.

Rough moldavite has a unique appearance and texture. Some fake material is easy to identify, but other stones, especially those that have been polished, can be far more convincing.

When cut and polished moldavite looks very similar to dark green glass. One thing to look for in genuine cut stones is Lechatelierite. This is a kind of pure quartz glass.

It's created when quartz mineral grains melt due to intense heat, which is what happened during the event that led to the formation of moldavite.

Lechatelierite looks like fine, squiggly, elongated, and sometimes twisted strands. You won't be able to see them without a loupe or other magnification.

Moldavite Healing Properties

Moldavite is associated with spiritual growth and transformation. It's believed to assist in awakening consciousness, expanding awareness, and facilitating connection with higher realms of existence.

It can help those looking to experience a spiritual journey by granting access to a higher state of consciousness.

Many who use moldavite claim it has a powerful and intense energy.  It's believed to amplify and enhance the human energy field.

Moldavite stimulates all the chakras, but especially the heart chakra.  It promotes the free flow of energy throughout the body. This enhanced energy can lead to increased vitality and a sense of well-being.

It can clear energy blockages and release stagnant or negative energies from the mind, body and spirit. It removes emotional barriers that may be hindering personal growth or causing physical or emotional ailments.

Moldavite embraces change.  It accelerates personal growth, pushes boundaries, and brings about rapid and profound shifts in one's life. It's often used by those seeking transformation and evolution.

Despite its intense energy, moldavite is believed to have grounding properties that can help you stay connected to Earth while exploring higher realms.

Article Pictures

The moldavite at the top of our article was once part of our collection. 

The second picture is courtesy of James St.John. The photo is clickable and redirects to the original image.

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