Moldavite A kind of tektite. Pronounced: 'mold-a-vite'

Larimar Obsidian

Sources

Found ONLY in the Czech Republic near the Moldau River (hence the name moldavite).

Origin

The origins of Moldavite are steeped in mystery and controversy!

Theory 1: It came from outer space, melted as it flew through the Earth’s atmosphere thereby forming its characteristic rough surface texture.

Theory 2: The impact of a large meteorite from outer space hitting the Earth caused surrounding rocks to melt and scatter and form the rough surface as they cooled. (Our favourite!)

Theory 3: Time to research... try Google and enjoy!

Composition

Mainly silicon dioxide: SiO2

Structure

Amorphous (no distinct crystal structure). A rough surface in natural state with distinctive jagged, scarred texture.

Colour

Olive green/greeny brown. Transparent and/or translucent.

Our View

There is a fantastic display of Czech moldavite in Prague’s magnificent National Museum. Ray tracked down a specialist museum in Tyn nad Vltavou, which required considerable persistence to gain admission to!

Moldavite jewellery is presently bought from a commune in the Krakov region of Poland. Here there is a permanent ceremony of burning moldavite fragments with the whole community seeking an affinity with moldavite.

They select moldavite pieces for cutting into facet stones or using in a rough form for making into a comprehensive range of gold and silver jewellery.

Recently, moldavite has been promoted in China – we foresee a shortage of raw material and hence price hikes in the near future.

Maybe half of Crystals (UK) staff own a piece of this jewellery (many having an entire collection).

 

  • Month stones
  • January - Garnet also Ruby
  • February - Amethyst also Bloodstone
  • March - Aquamarine also Jade
  • April - Quartz also Opal
  • May - Rose Quartz also Agate
  • June - Pearl also Moonstone
  • July - Ruby also Carnelian
  • August - Peridot also Sardonyx
  • September - Iolite also Lapis Lazuli
  • October - Opal also Pink Tourmaline
  • November - Topaz also Citrine
  • December - Turquoise also Tanzanite
  • Zodiac Stones
  • Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) Amber, Carnelian, Garnet, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Turquoise
  • Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) Aquamarine, Amethyst, Amber, Celestite, Fluorite, Labradorite
  • Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) Moonstone, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Fluorite, Turquoise
  • Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) Ruby, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Garnet, Kunzite
  • Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) Azurite, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Rhodonite, Tigers Eye
  • Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) Chrysocolla, Citrine, Serpentine, Tourmalinated and Rutilated Quartz, Tiger's Eye
  • Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) Moonstone, Pearl, Opal, Ruby, Moss Agate, Amber
  • Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) Tiger's Eye, Ruby, Carnelian, Kunzite, Larimar, Rhodocrosite.
  • Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) Peridot, Amazonite, Citrine, Garnet, Moonstone, Opal
  • Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) Iolite, Opal, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Peridot
  • Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) Topaz, Malachite, Charoite, Garnet, Obsidian
  • Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) Turquoise, Amethyst, Labradorite, Sugilite, Topaz, Garnet
  • There are a few stones that are suitable for every Zodiac sign: Moldavite, Tourmaline, Clear Quartz and Herkimer Diamond.