Early yesterday afternoon, a well meaning young girl messaged me asking whether or not we could provide a “certificate of authenticity” for any of the Moldavite on our website. A reasonable question if ever I have heard one. Yet, despite how reasonable it was, it was alas, naive. In truth, you only very rarely stumble across authenticity certificates in this game; and when you do, they are either obvious fakes, or the person who has printed it lacks the kind of credibility that would lend such a document backbone. In-fact, whenever somebody offers you such a document, your eyebrow should scurry so far up your forehead that it would be indistinguishable from your scalp.
This presents us with a bit of an issue; because whilst most of these authenticity certificates are questionable…much of the merchandise is too. Forcing you to navigate a subject that can be fairly esoteric at the best of times merely to avoid the wool being pulled over your eyes. I am therefore going to give you a few tips about how to separate genuine Moldavite from the Mickey Mouse stuff (If you want tips on how to identify other crystals and minerals, scroll down to previous articles where I have covered this at some length).
Firstly, it’s probably important to explain what Moldavite even is. That being said, I have written about this in the past, so have merely copied one of my blogs and posted it beneath this one. So, if you are new to this and badly require some context…consider scrolling down. Then cycle back to this section once you’re armed with the tools necessary to even understand it.
Is Moldavite Moist
I rarely get to use the word “moist” in a sentence; but now I have, I appreciate it as being without doubt the most unpleasant term in the English language! That being said, it is an essential visual to bear in mind when attempting to identify counterfeit Moldavite because this is a typical tell of man-made materials. If your Moldavite appears wet oroily, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a fake. Synthetic Moldavites are frequently imitated by molten glass that has a distinct shine that is inconsistent with the genuine article.
Where Did You Buy Your Moldavite?
It should go without saying that you should purchase from respectable vendors, but because Moldavite is in short supply throughout the world, I acknowledge individuals’s desperation to get some. You aren’t going to know whether a supplier is genuine or not if you haven’t already purchased anything from them, especially since it might be one big Schrodingers Cat situation.
However, there are certain locations that you should avoid. One is Ebay for obvious reasons, and the other I’m not going to name-drop (in case the CCP throws a fit), but I’ll go as far as to say it ends in “Dish.” Etsy may also be a dangerous website, although this isn’t a blanket statement since there are certainly trustworthy vendors on Etsy. It’s all about being able to tell the difference between the truffles and the filth with your piggy nose.
It’s a good idea to start by looking at a seller’s feedback and asking them about their product. If they refuse to answer, it casts a shadow of doubt over the quality of their goods. Remember that not all people selling fake Moldavite are aware that it isn’t real. Many people were just taken in by the same scammers that would have attempted to defraud them; and as a result, they may seem to have plausible deniability. If a vendor doesn’t know where their items come from, it’s reasonable to assume they’re fakes since they only originate from one source (Czech Republic and Ukraine); therefore, if they don’t know that, I doubt their capacity to acquire genuine merchandise.
I’d be on the lookout for Chinese, Indian, and Thai sellers in particular, but also for people from other parts of Asia. Moldavite is limited to a very small area of Europe, making the possibility of a supplier importing some to Asia just to try and sell it back to the West impossible at best. When you really think about it, it’s ridiculous. Also, because I previously stated, the three particular nations I named have industries that are particularly suited to producing fake Moldavite. They typically form glass in molds, but there are a variety of other options (some of which are rather amazing); thus it’s probably best to blacklist the entire region when casting your net.
Bubbles are a fairly reliable way to distinguish bogus Moldavite from the real deal. In a nutshell, genuine Moldavite has them, whereas fakery does not. They can be difficult to spot at times. Especially in the uncut form. However, faceted Moldavite will make it much easier. Even in raw specemins, though, you should be able to find a few.
The major disadvantage of this technique, of course, is that it’s more of a backward mode of identification. You can only really look at it like this after the fact. You’ve already parted with your money, and you’ve already been scammed. And trust me when I tell you that contacting the supplier and reciting trade description act provisions that you frantically printed out is never going to yield anything. As a result, it’s probably better to rely more on methods and lines of inquiry that come before you enter bank data.
Size of the Moldavite
Moldavite is a relatively rare mineral. In fact, a genuine piece weighing more than 100 grams will cost you well over £10,000. Especially considering the largest chunk ever discovered was only about 250 grams. It also implies that if someone dangles a large chunk of Moldavite in front of you, your eyebrow should go as deep into your scalp as it did before. Even more so if the pieces are inexpensive. Keep in mind that individuals selling fakes are typically only bold enough to ask for what they believe they can acquire, so they will frequently come in well beneath market price. BUse the power of social proof to your advantage by presenting yourself as someone who will not be bullied into paying too much for a garage. When you respond affirmatively, you’re reinforcing that people like you and want to do business with you, so it’s more difficult for them to pressure you into making an unfavorable decision. Use this same approach if they ask about the cost before accepting your offer or putting in work on their part. This may be strange, but keep an eye out for vendors that are bold enough to demand the entire amount in order to avoid being accused of collusion after buying from them. This is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Color of Moldavite
Moldavite is a greenish brown color. Inert under UV light, as well. Moldavite might be classified as a forest green, olive green, or blue-green teal. Fakes, on the other hand, may range in hue from blackish to more tektite-like red. And please don’t buy it if it’s red; that’s a breed originating in Hong Kong and doesn’t exist in nature.
Price of the Moldavite
Please do not quote a price for Moldavite in this article, because I don’t want to mislead you in a few weeks time when the price is inevitably going up yet again!!! Be cautious because Moldavite isn’t inexpensive. The market capitalization has never been above $100 billion, but it has been trending upwards since the beginning of the year. The value was never this high, but given the recent surge in public interest, prices have only gone up. In fact, because we’ve been selling it (not a huge amount of time), it’s risen three times. Given the continuing decline in supply chains, there is no alternative to a trend that will undoubtedly continue.
This will result in a larger vacuum, which will be quickly filled by fakes. A market phenomenon that will certainly lead to fakes getting more realistic. Remember that if you’re unsure, you may always contact us for assistance so that we can help you make an informed decision. If it’s necessary for you to mail it to us in order for us to look at it under a microscope, that’s okay with us. We’ll always send it back once we’ve finished examining it.