Moldavite (large gemstone)

South Bohemian Region, Czech Republic
Gems, 19.67 cts ; 23.75 x 17.22 mm
Start Time: 08/11/2022 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/18/2022 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Moldavite is often referred to as the "gem that fell to earth". This material is a natural green glass that formed from the impact of a meteorite 15 million years ago in Bavaria, Czech Republic within a one hundred mile area around the Vltava River, which was once called the Moldau, from which Moldavite gets its name. These stones are actually tektites and Moldavite is a one-of-a-kind tektite. Moldavite isn't often faceted into gems (usually it is left in it's original form or used for carvings - plus the very unusual form of the "rough" stones doesn't make for very good yield when it comes to cutting stones), and this is a large sized stone for this material. This rich green colored gem has an "Oval Brilliant" cut, and would make for a beautiful piece of jewelry. There are some slight bubble inclusions, which is a good indicator that it is authentic, and not a synthetic simulant. It's a unique stone, and most collectors don't have one in their collections, especially approaching 20 carats like this!