What is Moldavite?
Moldavite is a form of tektite, and is believed to have formed about 15 million years ago during a meteorite impact. It’s primarily found in the southern Germany/Czech Republic area. Moldavite is often used as a gemstone and is popular for its unique green color and extraterrestrial origin.
Moldavite is a rare and unique gemstone that comes in shades of green. Its unique appearance and extraterrestrial origin make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially pendants and beads.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Tektite (Natural glass formed from meteorite impact)|
|Color||Moldavite is typically a deep green, though shades can vary.|
|Transparency||Translucent to opaque.|
|Occurrence||Czech Republic (specifically the southern Germany/Czech area).|
|Formation||Moldavite was formed about 15 million years ago during a meteorite impact.|
|Diaphaneity||Transparent to translucent|
|Mohs Hardness||5.5 to 6.|
|Diagnostic Properties||Green, glassy appearance.|
|Chemical Composition||Mostly SiO2 (with various impurities)|
|Crystal System||Amorphous (tektite)|
|Optical Properties||Isotropic (due to its amorphous nature)|
|Refractive Index||1.480 - 1.510|
|Birefringence||None (isotropic due to amorphous nature)|
|2V angle||Not applicable (amorphous)|
|Dispersion||Not notably high.|