Moldavite: A Cosmic Tektite, the only Extraterrestrial Gem

Moldavite: A Cosmic Tektite, the only Extraterrestrial Gem


Moldavite: A Cosmic Tektite

Moldavite is classified as a tektite. Tektites are glass stones created by the impact of large meteorites on Earth’s surface. When a meteorite of sufficient size, enters Earth’s atmosphere, the force of the impact causes a melting of terrestrial Earth, which fuses with the meteorite material. This molten substance then re-enters the upper atmosphere, and falls again to earth in the form of rather small, molten, aerodynamic shaped stones.

Moldavite: The Only Extraterrestrial Gem

Tektites are only found in four strewnfields (dispersion areas) on our planet. Of these four sources of tektites, Moldavite is the most highly prized, because of its unique texture, translucent green color and fascinating shapes. No other substance caused by an extraterrestrial event has the classification of a gemstone. Moldavite can be faceted, polished and set into jewelry.

Moldavite is from Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic

These rare and unique cosmic gemstones can only be found in the Czech Republic. The largest occurrence of Moldavite (and highest quality of gem-grade) is in the sub-strewnfield of Southern Bohemia, in southern Czech Republic. There are two types of Moldavite deposits: alluvial and original strewnfield. Alluvial deposits are caused by the stones being carried to their resting place by shifts in sediments and water currents over millions of years. Alluvial deposits are much less rich in density per cubic meter. The other type of find are localities where the stones lie more or less where they fell. These are classified as original strewnfields. They have a much higher density of Moldavite per cubic meter.

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