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Chlum nad Malsi, SW of Locenice,
Bohemia, Czechoslovakia

MOLDAVITE  GEMSTONES
Trebic, Moravia, Czech Republic
Moldavites have been found at several localities within the Bohemia and Moravia regions of the Czech Republic.  The Moldavite gems available here have been cut by a master faceter, and all are from the Trebic area in Moravia.  All have excellent, medium to dark olive, to bottle green color, and very good to superb transparency.  All are suitable for mounting in fine jewelry, and would also make a meaningful additional to any collection of rare gemstones.  Hardness is between 5.5 and 6.5, as noted in the “Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones”, 2nd Edition, Dr. Joel Arem, P. 186 (1987).  Other well-known gemstones of similar hardness are:  Benitoite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, and Turquoise.  Collectors of Tektites, Moldavites, and Meteorites will find these of special allure because of their unusual mode of formation and distinctive color, as well as their great beauty.  Moldavites are only found in the Czech Republic.  Scientific dating of Moldavites places their age at about 14.8 million years.  Examination of these stones with 10-15X magnification reveals microscopic bubbles within the body of the glass.  Bubbles are found in all Tektite groups and these faceted gems clearly show the characteristic microscopic, entrapped bubbles and flow lines.  The paper entitled “Tektites” by V. Barnes, Chapter 16 in the book by the same name, P. 127-138 (1975) gives much valuable, interesting data on the various physical characteristics of Moldavites.  In addition to the discussion on natural bubbles and flow structure, the author presents interesting information on the origin of all of the members of the Tektite group including Australites, Bediasites, Moldavites, Philippinites, etc.  If you are interested in receiving a copy of this data for your reference library, please ask and a copy of this information will be sent with any order for one of the Moldavites gemstones listed below.  A copy of the data from the “Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones” will also be included.  Certificates of authenticity are also available.  Pricing of the Moldavite gemstones varies, dependent upon the following: 

Faceted gemstones (items ME-801 through ME-808)
$10. to $12. / carat              Gemstone has excellent color and good to very good transparency, with lots of microscopic bubble inclusions and flow lines.  This quality is excellent for reference or study collection.
$16. to $18. / carat              Gemstone has excellent color and fine transparency, with a modest amount of microscopic bubble inclusions and flow lines.
$20. / carat                           Gemstone has excellent color and superb transparency, with very minor microscopic bubble inclusions and flow lines.

Cabochons (items ME-809 through ME-814)
Each of the cabochons has one natural (uncut) surface, and one faceted or smooth polished surface.  These are highly desirable for either rings where the owner likes to display the natural rough surface of the Moldavite, or for  pendants where the bezel wraps around the perimeter of the stone and allows the wearer to display either the natural surface, or the cut surface.
$3. to $6. / carat                   Cabochon has excellent color and good, to fine translucency, with varying amounts of microscopic inclusions and flow lines.

 

ItemNumber

Stone Size (millimeters)

 Style of Cut

Carat Weight

Price / Carat

  Total Price

Length

Width

Thickness

ME-801

21

11

10

curved bar

14.00

$18.00

$252.00

ME-802

22

8

6

elongated emerald

8.54

$12.00

$102.50

ME-803

17

12

11

freeform hexagon

12.50

$10.00

$125.00

ME-804

18

13

8

freeform half moon

11.00

$16.00

$176.00

ME-805

20

9

8

freeform, 8-sided polygon

8.50

$16.00

$136.00

ME-806

21

13

7

freeform modif. emerald cut

16.50

$18.00

$297.00

ME-807

19

14

7

fan

8.00

$20.00

$160.00

ME-808

14

14

8

octagon

10.50

$20.00

$210.00

ME-809

19

19

9

triangle:  natural top, smooth back

16.15

$  6.00

$  97.00

ME-810

15

11

7

oval:  smooth top, faceted back

5.52

$  6.00

SOLD

ME-811

20

18

9

shield:  natural top, flat back

27.60

$  3.00

$  82.75

ME-812

20

12

7

rectangle: natural

top, smooth back

17.50

$  6.00

$105.00

ME-813

22

22

10

modified square: natural top, faceted back

35.50

$  6.00

$213.00

ME-814

19

16

7

rectangle: natural top, polished back*

20.50

$  2.00

SOLD

* Price reduced due to a small chip in the polished back of the stone.



 


 


ME-801 FRONT


ME-801 BACK


ME-802 FRONT


ME-802 BACK


ME-803 FRONT


ME-803 BACK


ME-804 FRONT


ME-804 BACK


ME-805-FRONT


ME-805 BACK


ME-806 FRONT


ME-806 BACK


ME-807-FRONT


ME-807 BACK


ME-808 FRONT


ME-8098BACK


ME-809 FRONT


ME-809 BACK


ME-810 FRONT


ME-810 BACK


ME-811 FRONT


ME-811 BACK


ME-812 FRONT


ME-812 BACK


ME-813 FRONT

ME-813 BACK

ME-814 FRONT

ME-814 BACK

    

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