Moldavite is a mysterious, entirely Czech gemstone. It has amassed a slew of myths over the years: it was considered to be fragments from a glass meteorite, tears shed by comets, or even Moon debris that had fallen to Earth. Because of its distinctive qualities, odd origins, and rareness in the Czech Republic, it is
The moldavite is a truly one-of-a-kind gemstone that not many jewelry boxes can boast, and it will make you shine like a brilliant star across the night sky. Moldavite rings are primarily worn with sleek white gold or warm yellow gold in our KLENOTA collections.
Moldavite’s ancient history, its discovery, and its enigmatic creation are all fascinating.
The moldavite was first “officially” recognized in 1787, in an essay written by Professor Josef Mayer, although people have been using moldavites since the Stone Age, when natural glass made the ideal primitive tool for processing food and leather and producing weapons. Residents of South Bohemia were also cultivating moldavite deposits in their fields long before Mayer put his pen to paper in 1787.
Even yet, the origin of this stone remained a mystery for some time. Many scientists have studied moldavites, including Franz Eduard Suess, an Austrian scientist who worked in Prague. He was the first to identify moldavites as tektites: breakaway pieces of natural glass that were formed by meteorite impacts from the debris.
Myths, tales, and folklore are all examples of traditions.
In former times, Czechs in South Bohemia were known for wearing moldavites around their necks on special occasions. Every guy who wanted to marry his True Love had to give her a moldavite as a wedding gift. As a result, the moldavite became the stone of love, showing how deeply he felt for her.
that they could reveal illnesses before they showed symptoms and even stimulate the immune system to defend itself. Moldavites are supposed to have an impact on both our physical being and our mental essence – enhancing our intuition and reasoning abilities.
Moldavites are unique in that they are formed through a natural phenomenon rather than being cut or mined. They don’t have a crystalline structure, so each one is completely unique. No two are precisely the same! Moldavites are made up of fused silica (SiO2), with minor amounts of aluminum and potassium, tiny deposits of iron (less than 0.4%), and almost no water content (just 0.02%).
Moldavites are tektites with a translucent green, black-green, or brown-green color and can be categorized as such. Moldavites, in particular, are the only naturally occurring European tektites! Moldavites result from cosmic collisions with our planet and may have many variations. Moldavites are prized for their allure and diversity, with a few of the most attractive stones in the world. They’re mostly spherical, elliptical, egg-shaped, or flattened in shape, but their surfaces are covered with a variety of striations, depressions, spikes, and bumps. Their various structures (called sculptation) and distinctive hues (varying green tones) ensure that every stone is unique. Moldavite’s hardness (5.5-6.5), white streak, glassy luster, and conchoidal fractures make them excellent jewelry accessories for your everyday life. Just keep hydrofluoric acid away from it; it will ruin your beautiful moldavite.
Moldavites Secret Revealed
For a long time, the origin of moldavite was a mystery. One of the first ideas speculated that moldavites were formed by cosmic fragments that had fallen to Earth. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds, though. Later scientists were able to build on this idea to come up with a more complete tale now generally accepted.
A meteorite did in fact plummet to the Earth during the Miocene epoch, some 15 million years ago. The object was thought to have been more than two-thirds of a mile broad and had fallen from the west, crashing into the ground at an angle near modern-day Bavaria. Today, the consequences are still visible: Nördlinger Ries in Western Bavaria, Germany is an impact crater with a diameter of nearly 15 miles and a depth of 656.2 yards (1968.5 feet)! The scientists think that the meteorite may have slightly broken up while entering the atmosphere, resulting in another 19-mile-diameter crater approximately 19 miles from the main impact point.
Most scientists believe that the moldavite-bearing rock was already in the ground when the meteorite approached, and that it melted and was blasted into space during the impact. This explosion of hot rock and other debris was blown approximately 280 miles (about 440 kilometers) and deposited in South Bohemia and Moravia. Their shapes solidified while they cooled in flight. It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie, but it’s what makes moldavites so remarkable! And the evidence supports it: bubbles were formed in the heated rocks as they flew through the air, and these bubbles had an internal pressure 19-25 times lower than that of sea level, implying that they formed in higher levels of Earth’s atmosphere. After falling to Earth, they were further molded by water, other rocks, and mud to form the depressions and striations seen in stone. The moldavite has traveled a long way from that lovely ring on your finger!
Each Moldavite is Unique
zones after the collision are distinct in terms of mineralogy. The stones discovered in South Bohemia are more bubble-free, greener, and smoother. Moldavites from South Moravia tend to be larger, browner, and darker without as many striations.
Inclusions exist in Moldavites from all areas. Lechatelierite is the most frequent natural glass found in such deposits. Moldavites may also include long, fibrous formations that are yellow, green, or brown in hue and visible only with a microscope.
Where Moldavites are Mined
Moldavites that are suitable for jewelry-making are only found in Czech Republic’s Bohemia. Moldavites come from all across the country, with 99 percent coming from South Bohemia, but they can also be found in the far west region of the Czech Republic near Dresden, Germany, or near Radessen, Austria. In South Bohemia, a popular location for moldavite mining is Besednice and Chlum. Because of their distinctive spikes, moldavites discovered around here are known as “hedgehogs.”
Moldavites from the Moldavian region are generally smaller than their Moravian counterparts. In 1980, one of the largest moldavites unearthed in Bohemia weighed 142.4 grams (nearly 5 ounces!). Among the biggest Moldovan moldavites is the Slavic Moldovite (1971), which weighs 265.5 grams.
Moldavites were extremely fashionable in the Art Nouveau movement, but their time on stage was rather brief. Their downfall was due to counterfeiters, who sold cut bottle-green glass instead of genuine Czech stones. The traders were no longer trusted by customers. Moldavites, however, rose to prominence yet again when Queen Elizabeth II was presented a collection of jewelry from the Swiss government. A natural, unsheathed moldavite was one of the diamonds, black pearls, and other gems in the collection. The color palette of moldavites has always intrigued me.