DescriptionMOLDAVITE TEKTITE - METEORITE GLASS
Moldau River Valley, Czech Republic
Moldavite is a variety of Tektite named for the river valley in the Czech Republic where it was first found, the result of an 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 lovely green color; it was valued as a talismanic object in Paleolithic times, worn as pendants in the Middle Ages, and in the 17th to 19th centuries it was often offered by men to their fiancées as a charm to assure harmony in their forthcoming marital relations. This is a fine example, with a beautiful deep green color and translucent edges and a characteristically pitted bloom-like texture, 2¼ x 1¼ x ¾ inches and weighing 1.05 oz (29.8 grams).
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