Introduction to How To Spot A Real Moldavite
One look at this stone, and without a doubt, you’ll say to yourself that it is a stone of greatness – came from the sky and is destined for purpose. This mysterious green stone, formed from a violent meteoric impact, and fused with earthly and extraterrestrial energies. Moldavite is a Tektite type of natural glass formed from interplanetary collision. Derived from the Greek word tektos, that means “molten,” these stones are glassy mixtures of metal elements with an amorphous crystal structure. Unlike other Tektites, which are tar black, Real Moldavite is transluscent deep forest green and is the only type of stone suitable for cutting and faceting as a gem.
The moldavite stone is rare, found only in the country of Czechoslovakia. It is named for the area in which it is found, (Moldau River Valley) Vltava. While scientists have different theories regarding its origin, nearly all agree that its formation coincides with the the large meteoric collision to earth approximately 14.8 million years ago. The Moldavite shapes are etched, carved, wrinkled, and sometimes with sculpted patterns that have been inherent in raw and unpolished stones.
What Is A Moldavite
Moldavite is a Tektike type of gem – which is said to have fallen from the sky. Moldavite gets its name from the Europe’s Moldau River Valley, where it got discovered. The real moldavite stone has has been used in so many ways: crystal healing, as tools, as talismans, and jewelry over the years. Knowing its properties and history, it can help you distinguish the real one from a fake/counterfeit.
Moldavites, during the Stone Age, were used not only for arrowheads and cutting tools, but also as a spiritual talisman and amulet of good luck, fertility, health, and protection. Moldavites were found in the archeological site of the Venus of Willendorf – and it has been linked to the legends of the Holy Grail. In Czech lore, it is said that it was given as a betrothal gift to bring harmony to marital relations. And for centuries, the stone has been used in jewelry, relic, and for spiritual transformation.
Spotting a Real Moldavite
In spotting a real raw moldavite from fake, the first thing you got to do is to rxamine the stone’s color. Take note that it should be a dark, somewhat mossy-colored green. If the moldavite stone that you’re looking at is a bit brighter, and has more vibrant shade of green, it may be an emerald. If the stone you’re examining isn’t green at all, then it’s definitely a fake moldavite.
Another aspect that you should look at is the stone’s structure – I am referring to the physical composition of the stone. While there are many gemstones, such as quartz, that have a crystalline structure, the moldavite crystal does not. In fact, it has an “amorphous” structure” – it literally means without a definite shape. Meaning, moldavite may grow in several shapes or patterns.
You should also consider the stone’s texture. Since it has amorphous composition, a real moldavite is difficult to process into a completely smooth finish. If the gem has the right color, but it is as smooth and polished as a piece of bottle glass, it may be a counterfeit.
You should also examine the clarity of the stone. Just as it is hard to polish into a smooth stone, it is also difficult to find a legit moldavite that is completely clear all throughout. A legit moldavite is made of silica, but it comes with lots of impurities such as iron and magnesium that can make it a bit unclear than a clear stone such as diamond.
Ask your seller where the moldavie came from. Moldavite, as stated in the introduction, is a tektite found only in the U.K.’s Moldau River Valley, situated in what is today the Czech Republic. If the seller claims the stone was mined elsewhere, it is almost definitively a fake. Buy only real moldavite from Buymoldavite! Rest assured that all our moldavite stones are legit, as it came from the Czech Republic.
Another thing to consider is to check whether the moldavite easily scratches or dents (just a heads up: this may permanently alter or damage your stone, so be wary). A real moldavite, has a hardness rating of 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while a diamond has a hardness rating of 10 – this means that a diamond is virtually impossible to scratch; comparatively, a real moldavite is still vulnerable to scratches and dents and you must handle it with care.
Warning: Only buy from legit moldavite sellers, like BuyMoldavite. If you think you may be about to purchase a fraudulent piece of moldavite, you can take it to a gemologist or send us a message for a legit check. Why not take the easy route and just only purchase from us?