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Moldavite & Tektites

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Mamaís Minerals Albuquerque is the Southwestís Largest Bead and Rock Shop, with over 7,000 square feet of amazing beads, minerals, fossils, and much more. Our Santa Fe Plaza store will impress you with striking decorator pieces, affordable gift items, and a fun kidsí corner. Striking Gemstone Jewelry is available at both locations.

It takes meteoric impacts of such a huge magnitude to create the conditions necessary for the formation of Tektites that there are only four places in the world where they are found.

When a large meteor strikes the Earth, the heat from the impact melts material from the Earthís surface, turning it into a natural glass that can either be black or olive green (known as Moldavite). The most recent of these impacts happened one million years ago, so donít count on the supply lasting forever.