Born of the Stars
Discover the cosmic origin story of Moldavite & why this rare green tektite is a unique gift to the world!
What is Moldavite?
Moldavite is a mysterious green glassy stone of cosmic origin which can only be found in the Czech Republic. It was virtually unknown in the gem world a few decades ago. Now, as it becomes increasingly more rare, it is sought after around the world.
Formed millions of years ago through a devastating astroid impact, they are far more rare than diamonds. These cosmic stones come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and textures. The colors vary from forest and golden greens, to brown and the rare emerald "poison" green.
Since their rise in popularity in the late 90’s, most of the commercial deposits of Moldavite have been mined out. As the demand grows and supply dwindles, the usual fake synthetic moldavite from China have inundated the market. This is a travesty for those looking for the real deal.
Keep reading to learn the story of Moldavite, how to identify it and deepen your understanding of this gift from the stars.
The Origin of Moldavite
Moldavite was formed during a celestial event some 15 million years ago. A huge astroid estimated to be around 1 km in diameter struck southern Germany and formed what is today known as Ries Crater. This event would have caused an explosion hundreds of times that of Hiroshima, flattening the area for miles around.
This molten material was ejected into the upper atmosphere. On its way up, the future moldavite stones under went intense heat, tension and centrifugal forces, creating the initial shapes of discs, spheres and other splash forms. In the final phase, the stones cooled rapidly as they fell to earth, in what is today the Czech Republic.
It is estimated only 1% of the initial Moldavites born from this event, survive today. Millions of years of shifting sediments, and natural erosion of the stones have claimed the rest.
The largest deposits of Moldavite have been found in the upper Vltava River basin between Prachatice and Trhovým Sviny, especially to the south and west of České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic. Moldavites have also been found in Moravia, mainly in the central area of the river Jihlava. Stones from this region are sometimes referred to as Moravita, and have a brownish color and are, on the whole, not as desirable as their green Bohemian siblings. Other less significant Moldavite sites have been discovered in neighboring Austria.
What are Tektites?
Moldavite belongs to the group of natural glasses called tektites, which are found in several regions around the world. Tektite is taken from the Greek word tektos which means molten or fused.
Here we can see a natural Museum Grade Moldavite, a Libyan desert glass tektite, and and Indochinite. What all of these stones have in common is there origin: A cosmic impact which created a glassy fused mass that was launched into the heavens and returns as a newly created tektite.
All other tektites available in commercial quantity, apart from Libyan Desert Glass, are brown to black in appearance.