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    MOLDAVITE - TEKTITE FROM LOCENICE
    Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic
    Tektite is a silicate glass formation, the origin of which was long considered a mystery. The name comes from the Greek tektos, meaning melted, and it is now agreed that tektites are formed when a meteorite slams into the Earth. The immense heat and pressure of the impact liquefies terrestrial rocks, splashing them into the upper atmosphere; these liquid rock droplets then return to Earth as solidified glass. Moldavite is named for the river valley in which it was first found in the Czech Republic, a result of the asteroid impact that created the 14.5 mile diameter Nördlinger-Reis crater near Stuttgart in Germany almost 15 million years ago. Moldavite is prized for its clarity, shape and green color, all of which this specimen displays beautifully; light passing through the specimen reveals its lovely green color, the clarity indicating a high silica content (in moldavite, typically 80%). Pieces of moldavite were valued as talismanic objects in Paleolithic times, worn as pendants in the Middle Ages, and in the 17th-19th centuries it was often offered by men to their fiancées as a charm to assure harmony in their forthcoming marital relations. Moldavite is found in two grades, regular and museum. This piece shows the pale translucence and fine fern-like patterning and texture of the latter; an exquisite example, this specimen measures approximately 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x ¾ inches and weighs 28.35 grams.


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    January, 2009
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