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Moldavite is the rarest, most fascinating and outstanding gem. Its intriguing extraterrestrial genesis sets it apart from others, determining its beauty and its lure as a thing of other-worldly origins. It is believed to be a powerful source of energy, able to influence our spirituality and our aura. Furthermore, this vitreous green gem seems to connect us with space, the universe and even higher realms.
What is Moldavite?
Moldavite is part of the Tektite group (from the Greek work tektos, meaning “molten”). Its formation dates back to 15 million years ago following the impact of gigantic meteorites onto the surface of our planet. The tremendous pressure caused by this violent collision scattered incandescent fragments of molten rock as far as 400 km. Upon impact with the ground these fragments cooled very rapidly, creating magnificent vitreous crystals of Moldavite.
Enormous meteoritic craters formed in the aftermath of this undoubtedly spectacular event. Among these are the Nördlinger Ries, in western Bavaria, the Steinheim crater, again in Germany, and the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, which are the areas in which Moldavite has been most frequently uncovered.
This unique gem is in fact named after the area along the Moldova River, between the cities of Prague and Vienna, in which it was unearthed for the very first time in 1787.
Characteristics of Moldavite
Moldavite is a natural crystal which formed millions of years ago. Generally, a Moldavite gem will be no larger than 5cm and will feel relatively warm due to the lack of water in its chemical composition. The unique features of this gem are its translucency and luminosity, which render its green hues so remarkable.
In its natural state, a rough Moldavite gem is truly fascinating. Its beauty lays in the imperfections and irregularities of its porous undulated surface and of its softened and uneven colours. Delicate veining and minute grooves resemble narrow paths gently carved onto the surface of the gem by centuries of erosion by rivers or brooks. The shape of a rough Moldavite gem may remind us of a fist with several thin ramifications wrapped around it, forming what may seem like the outline of a thick woodland bush. Gems will typically have a distinctive shape according to their place of origin; in fact gems mined in Bohemia tend to be thicker and elongated, while those found in Moldovian deposits tend to be rounder.
Once cut, the gem is polished and becomes smooth and glossy. Moldavite can be cut in a variety of shapes such as pear, oval, hexagon, marquise and so on. The light radiated from cut and polished Moldavite can be compared to that of green laser.
Types of Moldavite
The typology of Moldavite crystals varies only in colour, as chemical composition and geographical origins are the same for all gems. The translucency of the gem impacts on its typical bright green colour, which may often assume darker hues of bottle green and forest green, or alternatively light yellow to grey-brown tones.
Unfortunately, fakes are not uncommon. These are often made of synthetic materials or artificial glass, and usually produced in China or Thailand. Fortunately, real stones present specific characteristics which, after careful inspection, easily allow the identification of a fake.
For instance, as anything found in nature, Moldavite is an irregular and uneven stone. When cut and polished, minute flaws which make the gem unique are usually uncovered, these may be miniscule gas bubbles, fragments of matter or other inclusions within the stone itself.
A further characteristic which will help identify an authentic Moldavite gem is its size, which typically will not measure more than 2 or 3 centimetres or weigh more than 30 grams.
When held, a Moldavite stone will have singular effects on a person. Many people in fact witness that the gem is usually warm and emits vibrations which release positive energy. Some even feel a slight tingling when in contact with the stone, and at times feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Where can Moldavite be found?
This fascinating gem is named after the Moldova River, found in what is now the Czech Republic. Moldavite was first noticed along the banks of this river, just south of Prague, towards the end of the eighteenth century.
It is the only typology of Tektite present on the European continent. Here it has been found in the central regions between Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, such as southern Bohemia, western Monrovia, Lusatia and Waldviertel in north-western Austria. It was probably dispersed across such a vast area (of a 400km radius) by river currents.
Fragments of Moldavite have often been casually unearthed by farmers plowing their fields or by strong rains; as Moldavite shimmers in the sun it thus becomes easily identifiable. Larger gems are typically found at a depth of three to five metres, and mining is carried out exclusively by manual means. The rarity of this gem has so far prevented any advances in its search and extraction.
Properties of Moldavite
This magnificent gem is able to funnel energies. It is exceptionally powerful, so much so that vivid impressions are often described by those coming into contact with the stone. Many feel its heat or a tingling sensation, while others find it impossible to put the crystal down once in their hands.
Moldavite is linked to a hightened spirituality; it is said to stimulate the growth and expansion of our awareness. Wearing a Moldavite gem encourages and is capable of triggering great changes: people, objects or experiences which are part of our past and are to be left behind us, can be definitively surpassed to make way for a new and more positive way of life. This mineral may lead us through cathartic, purifying and stimulating times, especially in the course of our spiritual development.
Its powerful force activates a process of purification of the various energy channels. If needed, the gem can be recharged by exposing it to the sun for some time. When a Moldavite gem has entirely exuded all of its energy, the stone will become very fragile and will easily flake or break. Should this happen, the gem should be returned to nature by being consigned to the ocean or a river.
The element linked to this stone is Earth, which influences the spheres of stability, wellbeing and balance. It is often linked to fertility, serenity and financial success.
Moldavite is used to unblock all chakras. However, it is more closely associated to Anahata (the fourth chakra, that of the Heart), Ajna (the sixth chakra, that of the Brow) and Sahasrara (the seventh chakra, that of the Crown). It particularly effective in meditation held in woods or other natural environments. It can be placed on the third eye for the development of our spirituality by means of the expansion of our dreams, shamanic journeys or accessing distant memories.
Its extraterrestrial origins confer the gem astonishing powers associated to astral protection and the widening of our understanding, allowing access to higher realms and preparing the soul for enlightenment.
Due to its genesis, several intriguing and fascinating theories link the gem to star children, also known as star kids. These too are of hybrid origins, being both terrestrial and stellar. They are incredibly clever and seem to have extraordinary abilities, such as telepathy, fortune telling, teleportation, psychic healing and so on. It is thought that, thanks to this stone, star children are able to feel positive vibrations with their hearts, and are thus able to adapt to a terrestrial environment which would otherwise seem alien and difficult to understand. Moldavite also allows them to come into contact with a certain cosmic awareness as Spiritual Masters: for this reason this crystal is often thought of as the gem of Connectivity.
Around the world and across history
The Paleolithic period – Moldavite has been used as an ornamental stone since the Stone Age. Our forefathers employed it not only to make tools such as arrow tips or blades, but also to create spiritual talismans or good luck charms for protection and to boost fertility. In the archeological site in which the Venus of Willendorf was found (near Vienna), several artifacts carved out of Moldavite were also recovered. These were amulets, talismans and blades which date back to the Paleolithic period, and were over 25,000 years old. The statuette of the Venus of Willendorf is unique as it represents a very curvaceous female goddess, whose parts of the body most associated to sex and fertility are emphasized (the large bosom, the rounded belly and the protruding pubic area). Because of the prominence of such body parts, it is thought that this statuette was associated to female fertility and, as a consequence, the other artifacts found next to it were thought to be too. For this reason Moldavite is, to this day, still used to help boost female fertility.
Czech folklore – Moldavite is a traditional engagement gift as it was thought it could bestow harmony and balance upon marital relationships.
Sacred Graal mythology – Moldavite may be linked to the Sacred Graal. The legend narrates that one of the stones inlaid in the Sacred Chalice is in fact a Moldavite gem: “an emerald from the skies”, which came off Lucifer’s crown before the fallen angel was forced out of Paradise. An alternative version of the legend narrates that the Sacred Graal was a green coloured chalice, made entirely of Moldavite. For this reason the gem is often a symbol of majesty and regality.