Moldavite: Friend or Faux
Recently we made a large jewelry purchase and in the batch was a pendant made with fake moldavite. We had never encountered counterfeit moldavite before, and we decided to turn our experience into an opportunity to show you how to tell whether you’re buying authentic moldavite when you’re at home, on the road, or at a show. Hence our title, Moldavite: Friend or Faux?
What is Moldavite?
Let’s first talk about what moldavite is and how it forms. Moldavite is a tektite, a variety of glassy impactite, found at and around a meteorite impact site. It is the result of the energy generated during a meteorite impact?which heats and fuses, or melts,?the local rock. When a meteorite hits the ground, it can generate enough force and energy to force the local rock and sediment up into the air and vaporize it. This ejected material may also contain some fragments of the original meteorite. As the ejecta travels back down to the ground, it solidifies into a non-crystalline substance commonly called a glass. The meteorite impact that created moldavite occurred 14.7 million years ago in what is now the Czech Republic.
An easy way to quickly determine whether an assortment of moldavite is authentic is to look at several pieces in the group and determine whether any pieces look exactly alike. If you find identical moldavite pieces, this indicates that the pieces were probably not formed through natural means. They were likely manufactured, created from acid-etched, pressed or formed glass.
As you can see, with the pieces we have in the photo below, no two pieces look exactly alike. This is a great first indicator that it’s ok to progress to other authenticity tests, and there is a good chance that the piece you’re considering is naturally formed.