Looking to add a new gemstone to your jewelry collection? A Moldavite necklace is just the piece your higher self is seeking!
Formed by a meteorite impact millions of years ago, the gorgeous green stone sourced its metaphysical properties straight from the cosmos. According to ancient mystics and modern crystal enthusiasts alike, Moldavite earrings, rings, and necklaces bring good luck, improve meditation, and amplify the effects of other stones and crystals. Today, it's known as 'the stone of transformation.'
Many who have started to focus more on their chakras have turned to Moldavite gemstone and jewelry to help them align their heart chakra and their third eye. Below, we've answered all your questions about this gorgeous green gemstone and its aura-healing abilities.
What is Moldavite?
Moldavite is a natural glass formed by where the Rise and Steinem craters hit Earth around 15 million years ago. It's instantly recognizable by its translucent green or blue-green appearance, filled with streaks, swirls, and bubbles caused by the blast of heat. The vitreous silica rock has a Mohs hardness between 5.5 and 7—similar hardness to most other types of glass.
Where is Moldavite found?
Because of Moldavite's unique origins, it can only be found in one place: Eastern Europe. The fierce impact of the meteorite scattered the gemstone for miles and miles across South Bohemia. All Moldavite stones are found in the modern-day Czech Republic., northern Austria, and a small portion of Germany bordering the Czech Republic. Gemstones sourced from other locations are not genuine Moldavite.
Why is Moldavite so expensive?
Though undoubtedly beautiful, green Moldavite can also be quite expensive. Formed by the impact of meteorites, the gemstone is almost always found in small pieces. Plus, the rare stone requires extensive measures to locate it and extract it from the ground. Because large stones are so difficult to come by, even smaller ones can get quite pricey. Most Moldavite stones are only a few centimeters in diameter, making them the perfect size for pendants, earrings, and small pieces of jewelry.
Some of the Moldavite pendants are super expensive because the stone is expensive, plus it's combined with high vibration crystals. High vibration crystals will help raise positive vibrations and transform your life for the better.
What determines its price and value?
Like most gemstones, the price and value of Moldavites are determined by color and size. A quality piece of Moldavite is very brittle and is often seen in earrings, pins, or pendants. Moldavite's durability is similar to man-made glass, and for this reason, it can’t be used safely for jewelry like rings.
Color and shades play an important factor in price and value. Moldavite is known for its green shades but can be found between green and brown hues, and some may even have a slight yellowish color with white streaks in them.
What healing properties does Moldavite have?
Moldavite's cosmic origins make it an incredibly powerful gemstone. Considered a stone of connectivity and transformation, it's closely associated with the Third Eye and Heart Chakra. When used during meditation, it heightens your sense of self-awareness and helps you connect to the spiritual realm. It'll speed up necessary change, elevate your consciousness, and bring good fortune your way. As an activation crystal, it can even enhance your psychic abilities.
Moldavite is filled with energy and vibrates at a high frequency compared to other crystals. It's incredibly powerful! Touch it, and you'll feel a surge of intense energy rushing right through it. The out-of-this-world stone is said to amplify the strength of other crystals. Hold it alongside other stones to boost their restorative properties. It's a great addition to any healing ritual, meditation session, chakra realignment, or aura cleansing.
How can you tell if Moldavite is real or fake?
Moldavite stones are rare and relatively pricey, and as a result, the jewelry market is flooded with fake Moldavite stones. Here are a few tips on how to tell the difference between real Moldavite and inauthentic imitations:
Moldavite can only be found in Eastern Europe. Despite what they may claim, stones sourced from other places are not true Moldavite.
Large chunks of Moldavite are extremely rare, making them incredibly expensive and hard to come across. If a necklace boasts a large stone at a low price, it's likely too good to be true. But there are fake ones that are sold at full price.
Moldavite is known for being filled with swirls, bubbles, and streaks of varied green shades. It has a unique natural texture that is difficult to recreate using molds. Stones that are perfectly smooth and evenly colored are likely fake stones made of glass.
When purchasing a Moldavite pendant or necklace, it's important to know the grade of stone you are purchasing. There are three grades of Moldavite: Museum-grade, medium quality, and regular Moldavite.
You can generally tell the grade based on their appearance. Regular grade Moldavite is typically darker in color like seaweed and heavily saturated, and the texture is usually more weathered with a lot of pits. Museum-grade is much more translucent and has fewer flaws, and could be smoother on the outside. And the regular Moldavite is somewhere in between in terms of color and texture.
Refractive Index Measurements
While machinery may not be available, refractive index measurements are a good way to spot good gemstones from imitations.
Fake Moldavite can vary from glassy bottle green to other colors, and genuine Moldavite comes in different shades of green.
Real Moldavite has very intricate, detailed, and abstract sculpting, and fake Moldavite often appears too glassy and smooth. The fake stone will have a uniform and consistent surface sculpting to give Moldavite some texture.
Even though Moldavite is a natural glass, it contains many minerals and metals, so it will not be as transparent as glass. Some of the fake Moldavites look too transparent, like glass.
Surface: Glossy or Matte
Fake Moldavite has a high gloss or matte finish, and the high gloss one has a wet, shiny, and glassy appearance. While real Moldavite can have high surface glass, they are less common. The fake matte Moldavite imitates the real Moldavite.
Where can I find genuine Moldavite necklaces?
Wearing a Moldavite necklace is one of the easiest ways to channel the otherworldly powers of the gorgeous green stone. Your fashionable jewelry choice can bring good fortune, support positive transformation, and offer protection from negative energy.
Only purchase Moldavite through reputable crystal dealers and jewelers specializing in authentic gemstone jewelry. It's best to stick with pieces that are certified by a third-party authenticator such as GIA.