A gemstone from out of space!
Moldavite is a rare, dark green translucent gem that was formed when a large rock from outer space (meteorite) struck Earth’s surface in the Moldau River valley (hence its name) in the Czech Republic around fourteen million years ago.
It is believed that this huge meteorite did not burn up in space and its hot mass hit the Earth at a speed in excess of 13 miles a second – that’s over 45,000 mph!!
First discovered in 1786, this gem has yet to be found in any other location in the world. Part of the mystique and appeal of this gemstone is that some of its components cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Tests carried out by NASA have found that the pressure of some small bubbles within the gem is the equivalent to the pressure at approximately 13 to 15 miles above the surface of the Earth.
In 1963, Queen Elizabeth II was presented with a Tiara in which the central gem was a natural, un-faceted Moldavite surrounded by Diamonds and Pearls; this was presented to her by the Swiss Government in order to celebrate her 10th year on the throne.
Crystal Healers believe that Moldavite, with its extra terrestrial properties, brings love to all who wear it. The gem is also said to bring clarity and sharpness, and aids vision and telepathic communication.
The gem is said to work on the heart chakra and helps a person to express true love, as well as putting them on the correct path in life.
The gem is also known as Tektite, although this gem has a slightly different composition, and can be found in Australia (where it is known as Australites), Austria, Ivory Coast, Malaysia (known as Malaysianites), Philippines (known as Philippinites), Thailand and the USA.