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Moldavite: Tektite from The Stars

moldavite Moldavite - found in early Pleistocene deposits in Bohemia and Moravia - can be light or olive-green. Some forms of Moldavite are a dull green vitreous like substance, which is said to have formed through meteorite impacts.

Moldavite was first thought to be a form of Obsidian, because of its glass like volcanic structure. It was geologist Franz Suess, who suggested in 1900, that moldavite is not of the Earth; but is of cosmic origin - which he named 'tektites'.

Moldavite is a green silica based tektite that formed during a meteorite impact approximately 15,000,000 years ago. The impact caused molten rock and meteorite to be ejected into the atmosphere where they combined to form a natural glass or tektite. The falling glass shards were atmospherically sculpted into different shapes.

Moldavite is found in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and the Republic of Moldova. The Venus of Willendorf carving of an ancient goddess statue, was discovered in a site that also contained a few amulets of Moldavite.

High grade moldavite is translucent, with alluring fern like patterns running across its surface. Medium grade moldavite fragments are a darker and denser green, where the surface is dented with shallow indentations.

Moldavite should always come from a reliable source, as unfortunately due to its rarity and value fake moldavite glass is produced and sold as original Moldavite. Producers of fake moldavite are said to make molds from real moldavite and make resin/glass copies of the stones.

Original moldavite has many unique forms depending on where it has been found. Some well known varieties are : Besednice moldavite, Moravia moldavite, Chlum moldavite, Nesmen moldavite, Vrabce moldavite

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