Here are a few photos of Moldavite mining in the Czech Republic. Moldavite is close to the surface and if you are in the right area and luck is with you, Moldavite can be found in the tailings of former diggings. Don’t get the impression that you can walk around just picking it up, you need to know where to go and you have to have a great deal of patience. It can take all day to find a single piece of Moldavite Crystal – if you are lucky – it’s why the Moldavite price is so high.
The Czech government put a stop to people digging deeper than 1 metre because, as you can see, it is very sandy and the pits collapse very easily trapping the miners. In years gone by, many people used to dig in the forests – often unsuccessfully – but they left their mess behind making ugly and dangerous pits in the forests. These areas are now guarded day and night to stop further deep holes being dug in the forests and more deaths.
The largest Moldavite ever found is recorded at 238 grams – it resides in the museum in Prague. In comparison, on January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mines superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds (590 grams) and christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond ever found.
When you consider that these gems are made of a naturally fused glass created by the heat wave travelling in front of a meteor, that the molten glass splashed into the stratosphere and then solidified as it fell back to earth – estimated at a 20 mile drop – it’s amazing any survived at all. Moldavites over 20 grams have always been considered to be rare and as the strew fields are depleted the opportunities to find large stones grows less and less. Purely from an investment point of view, size does matter. Moldavites over the magical 20 grams are hard to get even for someone like me – and I have the contacts! It’s not even a matter of money, you simply cannot buy what is not available. You cannot make Moldavite or even predict where to find it – you can hunt for days or weeks and not find a single piece of any size and yet there may be 50 pieces 5 metres away.
Over the last few years as the quantity of 20 gram stones has disappeared into collections around the world it is becoming more common to see 10 and 15 gram specimens begin advertised as HUGE – sadly this is now the case. Within a few years I’m sure we will see 5 gram piece move into the ‘huge’ category.
Once in a ‘blue moon’ I get my hands on a piece over 30 grams – it’s hard to let them go on the market because I don’t know if I’ll ever get another piece that size again! It is very tempting to keep them and wait 5 years when the value might be 5 or 10 or even 20 times what it is today, but then what’s the point of being in the ‘Moldavite Business’ if I never sell any thing? I also get the feeling with many pieces that I am merely their intermediary to see them on to their ‘real’ home.
The value (and cost) of Moldavite increases at an explosive rate once you get passed 30 grams, we have been fortunate to obtain several pieces over 40 grams and even one that is over 60 grams, at a huge cost of course. I’ll be putting the ‘big girls’ in the gallery as I get time to take photos. They just love people admiring them 🙂
I also find that some of the bigger pieces give me more of the Moldavite buzz I look for as a healer, but maybe that’s because I’m not so sensitive – (or perhaps it’s because I’ve asked them to treat me gently?)
Moldavite was created during an event of outstanding power, the fall of a meteorite. This generated a force that has been estimated at 6 trillion megatons. This exceeds the power that would be generated if all the atomic bombs in the world were detonated at the same time. This enormous explosion produced a heat that was high enough to vaporise rocks and scientists speculate that the force was sufficient to pierce the earth’s crust and penetrate the earth’s iron core! This would have been sufficient reverse the earth’s magnetic pole.
What is Moldavite?
Moldavite is from the result of this meteor impact. When the rocks, sand and minerals on the ground were vaporised into liquid, this liquid splashed back into the atmosphere and fell back to earth some 300 km away in the Czech Republic. Some tiny amounts of this molten splashback fell in countries surrounding the Czech Republic but the amount is so insignificant that it barely gets mentioned.
Some people assume that Moldavite is a meteorite but this isn’t quite accurate as it is earthly material fused at the time of a meteor impact.
The meaning of ‘Moldavite’ is from the town Moldauthein and the Moldau River. In the Czech Republic Moldavites are called Vltavin as Moldauthein is called Tyn nad Vltavou. Yeah – I’m confused too.
As this molten material landed on the Czech Republic it solidified and over millions of years was worked into the sand and soil. Over the millennia the Moldavite was etched as water and sand scoured its surface. The way the moldavite is shaped and etched is largely due to where it landed. Some areas are especially wet and the etching is much deeper. The best example of this is the Moldavite from Besednice.
Genuine Moldavite, strictly speaking, only comes from the Czech Republic. Beware of fakes – there are plenty out there.
I was reading recently that 75% of moldavite sold over the internet is fake. I’m 100% sure that my moldavite is genuine. I collected for many years and received packets by registered mail direct from the Czech Republic. When my contact stopped mining and moved countries I also stopped collecting as fake moldavite was just starting to be seen on the market and I had little faith in other sellers. Back then it was very obvious that it was fake but now the forgers are really good and some of the fakes resemble real moldavite. If it gives you any reassurance – here is a picture of one of the boxes.
The Moldavite Holy Grail Connection
It is speculated by some that the Holy Grail was not a cup but a green ’emerald’ stone that fell to earth from the sky. Others believe that the cup was carved from Emerald. It is hypothesized that Moldavite was the stone as the ancients called all green stones Emerald and Moldavite is the only green stone to have fallen from the sky. Another expression of this theme is that the Grail was fashioned from an emerald that fell from Lucifer’s forehead.
It is said that the Grail was held to catch the blood of Christ as He died on the cross. In legends from the court of King Arthur the Grail was passed from knight to knight and provided food or drink that the knight or companion most desired. It is said that the Grail cup bought about healing and rejuvenation. It is also said to bring about spiritual awakening. The Grail was also a vessel that promoted true love and it is interesting to note that in the Czech Republic, the only place you can find Moldavite, it was used as a betrothal gift for centuries and said to bring harmony to a marriage.
Moldavite was mentioned by Nicholas Roerich in relation to the Stone of Shamballa. The stories exist in many cultures and are essentially variations on a single theme. A stone falls from heaven and is lost. Man’s job is to recover the stone, use it to transform himself and the world and then return it to its source.
Moldavite is regarded as a spiritual charm and was worn by the people of Eastern Europe as long as 25,000 years ago. Moldavite was also used as arrow heads and cutting tools.
People who hold Moldavite report quite a variety of sensations from a slight tingle or warmth in their hand which will often spread to the whole body. Occasionally there can be an opening of the heart chakra which causes some strange, but not painful, sensations in the chest. This can be accompanied by an emotional release and a ‘flushing’ of the face, this has been given the name ‘Moldavite flush’ because it happens so frequently. Some people will feel light headed and dizzy and rarely they may have a sensation of being lifted out of their body.
I personally experience my crown chakra blossoming like flowers petals opening up. I have experience many people ‘flushing’ and can testify that almost everyone feels something from the Moldavite experience.
People who purchase Moldavite find it can take some getting used to and some people need to wear or carry their Moldavite for short periods until they are used to it.
My biggest girl so far 🙂 Papa is short for Papatuanuku. I am of New Zealand Maori descent and Papatuanuku is our Earth Mother. I had been waiting for a Moldavite to arrive and tell me this could be her name, and here she is.
Papa is huge – a real handful of the best Moldavite money can buy, not to mention a fair amount of begging on my part so the last ‘owner’ would let her go! When I say handful, I mean it – my hand won’t close over her, she’s a chunky lady, but she just reminded me – so am I ! I can feel her humour and her love and as I hold Papa, her energy seems to expand and expand outward. She’s here for a purpose and I can’t even guess what it is. Moldavites are healers in their own right and I am a healer too so maybe between us we can help heal the world or my little part of it. Oh dear, I’ve slipped off into my crazy woman talk again.
She’s absolutely perfect and not a break anywhere, she literally pulses with energy. One of the many things I like about Papa is that there are 2 slightly smoother parts where my thumbs fit perfectly – almost like someone has touched her when still molten and left their thumb prints there – I know it’s a bit whimsical but you get like that with Moldavites.
Is she mine to keep? I’d like to think so but she wants to be shown off and admired, as is her due, and that’s why she’s on the website. Sooner or later someone will say she should be with them and not me ( I hope it will be another healer or someone who will show her off and not put her in a box ) and that’s the way it is with Moldavites, they choose where they need to be and it’s not for any of us to deny their wish. I’m hopeful she will be with me for many years – but who knows? In the end it will break my heart but it’s not my decision – or maybe it won’t break my heart the others I have sent off have been so happy to be going and they give me a big ‘thank you’ and rush away full of excitement, and I’m excited for them too. (opps – crazy woman talk again).
36 mm wide at the widest part
68.5 grams !!!!!!
Value? I can’t say – my husband might see ! I blind folded him when I got him to sign the loan papers. ssshhhh
There is no better time to buy than NOW. Prices have increased quite dramatically over a very short period of time. There are several reasons for the increase:
There’s not much of it about:
Moldavite mining is strictly controlled by the Czech government. Until a couple of years ago there were 4 state run mines, 3 have now closed. In the past anyone could go dig a hole on their own land, and if they were very lucky they might find one, several or many Moldavites. More often than not hour or days of digging would produce nothing. Several years ago the Czech government changed the rules; you can only dig to one metre unless you have a permit.
The locals still go to the fields after the farmer’s have ploughed and look – as they have done for centuries – after hundreds of years of this, the number found decreases every year. You can walk for miles without finding a single stone – not just that but the stones found are more likely to be broken pieces. The Moldavites that came from people supplementing their incomes by digging a deep pit and ‘mining’ has dried up as the police now watch for this. The locals and ex miners are now selling off their collections piece by piece as the price goes up.
The mine at Besednice closed about 12 years ago and the distinctive Besednice ‘Hedgehog” can now attract prices in excess of $100 a gram – and much more for and especially desirable shape or the collectors ideal ‘perfect’ hedgehog. The price will never go down. It won’t be too long before all Moldavite is in the $100 a gram price bracket and the “hogs” will be even more expensive.
It is estimated that all commercial mining of Moldavite will finish within 5-10 years, 10 years being quite optimistic.
As a comparison – there are about 28 tonnes of diamonds mined each year world wide – admittedly mostly industrial diamonds. I can’t find a single statistic on Moldavite production but with only one mine I assume it’s not likely to be high.
Moldavite was always rare in the mineral world. The nature of its creation was a once in a planetary event and the circumstances of its creation may never happen again – in fact we don’t want a meteor that size crashing to earth again ! It is estimated that up to 3,000 tonnes of Moldavite may have fallen to earth in the Czech Republic, but that was 14.5 million years ago! Since then most of it has been crushed in earth movements or washed away into rivers and the ocean, it’s anyones guess how much mineable Moldavite survives.
As Moldavite has become harder to get, mineral collectors world wide have created a mini boom and as healers have come to know it’s various advantageous properties they too have created a demand. Investors looking for a safe haven for their money have been investing in Moldavite – after all, in less than 10 years there will be no more and the values will increase exponentially.
Quite simply supply is not meeting demand and whenever this happens the price goes up. It’s not going to get better, most of the collecting areas are tapped out. If you want to own a piece or two then don’t hesitate and think that the price will come down – it won’t.