The Mineral Garden
This listing is for 1 Moldavite
Locality : Czech Republic (Chlum)
Common Localities: Czech Republic, Germany, Austria
Composition: Varies, but typically composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2), aluminum oxide (Al2O3), and other trace elements
Moldavite is believed to have been formed over 14.7 million years ago, when a meteorite crashed into what is now the Bavarian region of Germany. The impact caused the earth's crust to melt and splash back up into the atmosphere, where it cooled and solidified into small pieces of glass that rained back down onto sites in Germany the Czech Republic and Austria. Moldavite is a type of tektite that was formed as a result of a meteorite impact. This impact was so powerful that it melted the local rock and soil, and the resulting molten material was thrown into the air. As it cooled and solidified, it formed the unique green glass-like substance that we now know as Moldavite.
The most famous locality for Moldavite is the Moldau River Valley, which is where the stone gets its name. However, it can also be found in smaller quantities in other nearby regions such as Moravia and Bohemia, or in this case Chlum!